Road crews working to clear debris from ditches ahead of Friday's rain


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus

McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Every time it rains, Terry Lambert dreads the onslaught of rain he says creeps into his home.

"It has went under the door right there," Lambert said.

The rain's gotten so bad, he even raised his home six inches.  Even still, he says that's sometimes not enough.  "Water was all around my house," he said.

So he makes sure before every rain event, the ditches around his home are clear.  "Try to get some of these rocks out before the water is completely full and you can't see what you're doing," he said.

McCracken County road crews spent much of Thursday doing the same.  Supervisor Bill Gaia says this is typical work before any heavy rain.  "With this rain event, we are just making sure that we wouldn't have any blockage," Gaia said.

This year's ice and snow aren't helping the situation either.  Gaia said the ground is already saturated, which could make it easier for trees to fall.
"I've been here 23 years and this is probably the third iciest I can remember," he said.

For Lambert, he says it's something he has to do because if he doesn't, he could end up underwater.  "It's a matter of self preservation either I do it or I flood," Lambert said.