City of Louisville says it needs better notification system after flash flooding death
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- City leaders said they need better ways to notify people of dangerous flooding.
The Louisville Metro was expecting some rain Sept. 8, but during a news conference Tuesday, leaders said what the city got was a downpour much more intense than they thought it would be.
According to the city, some spots of the county got almost 8 inches of rain in that four-day window. That Saturday night, the city responded to 72 water rescues, including the attempted rescue of a cab driver who lost his life in flood waters at a railroad underpass at 13th and West Oak Streets.
On Tuesday, the city said barricades weren't in place to warn drivers of standing water there, and the city says time was lost when the cab driver gave dispatchers the wrong address for his location.
"When (crews) arrived on scene, the report from the company officer was the roof of the car was just barely visible above the water line," said Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick.
One idea discussed includes a new warning system.
"Clearly, we're going to have to figure out ways, this is where you all can help us out, of better ways for us to notify," said Louisville Metro Public Services Chief Doug Hamilton. "At certain levels, it would trigger warning lights on the viaduct that we would install in the deepest and steepest of the viaducts that we have."
WDRB Chief Meteorologist Marc Weinberg said a Flash Flood Watch was extended by the National Weather Service to include Louisville around 3 a.m. on Sept. 7. Weinberg said that was about 35 hours before the heaviest rain hit the area.
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