Fighting flash flooding
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.— Flash flooding closed local roads and turned neighborhoods into lakes as up to four inches of rain fell Monday afternoon. One local man says this kind of flooding happens far too often in his neighborhood.
Alan Powell doesn't live in a flood plain, so he canceled his flood insurance last year. He said, "We've just learned to deal with it, you know." Now, he's rethinking his decision. He said, "It just keeps getting worse every year. They say well it's just a 100 year flood. No, it ain't. It happens once, twice a month down here."
He lives in a neighborhood off of A.T. Massa in Hendron and says the water from the Lake Forest development and others nearby drains right into his front yard. Powell said, "We need ditches enlarged and culverts expanded to handle the overburden that we're getting from new establishments."
Powell said he's tried to get local and state officials to do the work, but it's all been to no avail. "For years we fought the government trying to get this situation under control. There's been no backing," he said. So, he does his best to keep the area up that he called forgotten. "I planned to retire here and live here forever. We'd like to keep what we've got looking nice. Fighting flood waters like this is like fighting a losing battle," he said.
Powell said it usually takes a couple of hours for the water levels to get back to normal after a heavy downpour. He plans to meet with his insurance agency Tuesday to inquire about getting some flood insurance for his home.