Preparing and protecting your home against flooding


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photographer - David Dycus

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.  - If you live in a low-lying area, road crews have some advice for you to avoid this weekend becoming a washout. Ditches can become clogged and cause water runoff and even close portions of roads.

Road crews are advising home owners to do what they do; making sure there is no obstruction so rain can move freely.

Every time it rains, Terry Lambert dreads the onslaught of rain he says creeps into his home. The rain has 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," Lambert 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," Lambert said.

McCracken County Road Crews spent much of today 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 says the ground is already saturated, which could make it easier for trees to fall.

For Lambert, he says it's something he has to do. If he doesn't, he could end up underwater.

Trees, leaves, and branches are the biggest concerns for clogs in drains and culverts that could cause a water backlog.

The McCracken County Road Department posted a safety video with some rules from the National Weather Service to prepare you ahead of potential severe weather.