Locals come out to see the carnage left by the flood. Waterfront Park almost completely submerged.
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When a swollen Ohio River stepped down from its highest ridge in 21 years, the damage started from moderate flooding in the area 19659009] The water on the river reached its peak on Monday and was expected to continue falling this week, o even though the National Weather Service sees more rain in the weather forecast on Tuesday night  "It will be more like normal rainfall," said Mike Crow, a meteorologist at the Weather Service, about rain expected by Wednesday.
In the coming days and weeks, "there will be a tremendous purging for this community," said Brian Bingham, director of urban sewerage plant management, managing drainage and flood control in Louisville.
Officials said hundreds of Louisville homes were flooded after five days of rain dropping 40 billion gallons of water on Louisville alone. That's a huge amount of water – about the same volume that Louisville Water Co. produces in about 10 years.
While claims estimates are not calculated until the floods recede more, Mayor Greg Fischer said he believes that "hundreds but not thousands" of homes are affected in the city. The river should drop to 10 feet by Saturday, although technically it is still above the tidal level.
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Fischer said he had asked the Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, Louisville on all requests for government support.
The state aid threshold is $ 2.8 million, Fischer added.
In the southern Indian city of Utica, which was hit particularly hard, the inhabitants were relieved that the water was slowly receding.
But Rick Skees said he expects that he will not come to his house for cleaning by Thursday. "There will be a lot of mud," he said. "The carpets have to be torn out – all walls, at least four feet, are torn out, so you do not get mold."
"Staying down here by the river is something to be expected," he said.
With the risk of flooding, it is always better to avoid standing water, as cars can easily be stopped and stranded.
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More than 200 MSD customers reported on wastewater backups.
Louisville has more than 12,000 households in flood-prone areas and flood reservoirs – many have been built since the 1997 flood – helped keep hundreds of homes dry, Bingham said. The problem is not just on the Ohio River. The storms of Saturday caused some of their tributaries to overflow their banks and cause flooding in low-lying areas. Monday, the third pump at one of the Ohio River's 16 pumping stations was shut down by MSD because it also vibrated a lot, Bingham said. Two other pumps failed during the height of their storm and rising water.
Together, the pumping stations moved 21.5 million gallons of waterways like bearrgrass and pond streams out of town and into the Ohio River over five days ending on sunday. They are located along floodwalls or dikes, helping to drain the city while keeping the Ohio River in check. They are designed to prevent houses and businesses from being flooded.
"In my view, this was handled well," Fischer said. "You have to keep in mind that there are several pumps at pumping stations."
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Nevertheless, Bingham told his board that when the rain fell the fastest and Ohio River still rising, some of the pumping stations lost ground. That means they were operational, but the water levels behind them on the city side were still rising.
"These pumping stations were not designed for the amount of rain we get," Bingham said.
Nine are more than 65 years old – "museum quality and age," according to Bingham – and were built in the decades following Louisville's great flood of 1937, which covered two-thirds of the city.
At MSD, everything is on deck during the rising water and heavy rain. Even the best financial and legal officers of the agency occupied pumping stations last week.
"When the pumps are in operation, the water level rises, which will increase your blood pressure," said Chad Collier, MSD's finance director.
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To make matters worse, before the cloudburst on Saturday, there were rainy days that led to saturated soil and wet grass and no longer allowed drainage.
Totals Wednesday through Sunday According to MSD rain gauge, this range varies between 3 and 4 inches and over 8 inches across the region.
"If you have this heavy rain, followed by more rain, there's really nowhere to go," said Wes Snydor with MSD.
A monitor on the middle fork of the Beargrass Creek showed the intensity of the flash flood when the rain fell in buckets Saturday night. In 24 hours it jumped 15 feet and went back causing flooding on the Interstate 64
The February's total of 10.47 inches at Louisville International Airport by Monday also set a record that had stood for 134 years – the 9.84 inches that fell in February 1884 in Louisville.
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MSD's flood storage facilities helped, but quickly reached their capacity.
"Our system works as it should," Bingham said, but he said rains like last week were "bigger than the system had to deal with."
He added that the construction of enough Flooding stores would cost billions of dollars for all the rain.
In Louisville, retirees Ed and Dorothy Beavers found that they could not escape the rising waters no matter where they lived.
Two years ago, MSD bought their Home West Indian Path after experiencing a seventh flood since 1997.
The Beavers left the floodplain east of the airport for what they thought they were It was higher up at Camp Taylor and they landed ankle-high water in their finished cellar.
"We are thinking of building an ark and living in an ark, so we can just swim away, "said Dorothy Beavers.
Reporter Phillip M Bailey contributed to this report. Reach Reporter James Bruggers at 502-582-4645, [email protected], and Twitter @jbruggers. Reach Reporter Thomas Novelly at 502-582-4465, [email protected] and Twitter @ TomNovelly.
Louisville Water Company employees use boat transports to get to work on the water tower due to flooding.
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