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Metro Louisville improving drainage in flood areas

Heavy rains in Louisville often cause flash flooding in some neighborhoods.  The city is trying to improve drainage in areas susceptible to flooding.

The city is expanding its DRI, or Drainage Response Initiative, program.  It's mainly for low-lying neighborhoods south of downtown that often flood.

Resident Lee Capp tells Fox 41's Bill Francis, "If we had any heavy rain, these front ditches here especially on the other end, would fill up and come up in the yard.

But that won't happen very much longer in Capp's Okolona neighborhood.  It's the latest area getting drainage improvements.

Since 2003, the city and MSD have spent more than $122 million on 700 projects in Louisville neighborhoods.  Mayor Abramson on Friday said, "Today we're rolling out phase 3, which is another $44 million in investment that will respond to drainage problems in more than 250 additonal places throughout our hometown."

Grass drainage ditches are being replaced with concrete ones that allow rainwater to move more quickly away from homes, preventing flooding.  New piping will replace old worn-out pipes in driveways that often cause rainwater to back up.

As MSD Director Bud Schardein explains, "There are neighborhoods in this community that for too long have standing water problems for days after rain.  It affects public health, quality of life."

The southern part of the county is no stranger to flooding.  Even with the improvements over the last decade, there was flash flooding in parts of Fairdale back in April of this year.  But that came after 5 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours.

Schardein also says, "When we get that much rain, its similiar to what's going on in the upper Midwest right now, all the drainage systems in the world, all the flood storage basins we've built will never capture all of that water, its just beyond our capability."

So unless a monsoon hits, most neighborhoods in Louisville should remain flood-free once the DRI Initiative is completed.

As Capp says, "In the back, there was mosquitos, I mean we couldn't hardly come out in the yard because they were hanging in there, and just the time since they've cleaned all of that out, I can come out and sit in the yard at night and mosquitos are gone."

So maybe this summer, Lee Capp and many other Louisville residents will be able to enjoy their backyards because of better drainage in their neighborhoods.

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