New technology being used to assess local flood damage

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — Thousands of dollars in damages: That’s the kind of money you could have to shell out if your home is hit by flooding.

Getting that damage assessed is usually a lengthy process, but new technology is making it easier for local crews to help you.

Ed Anthony lives on Jones Road. He’s still staying in his home, but he can’t get there by car. He’s using a boat. “It was up under the house in my driveway,” Anthony said.

Anthony has been dealing with water in his home since the ’90s. “It’s inconvenient, but that’s what I chose,” Anthony said. “I got a farm and I hunt, so I chose to stay there. I don’t have to, but I do because that’s where I want to stay.” Even if it means having to take a boat to get lunch. “I had to break ice out the other morning, and I thought this is like going duck hunting,” Anthony said.

Even though it’s happened before, Anthony said, if he’s flooded again, he’s moving out. “I just can’t put up with it,” Anthony said. “It gets on your nerves. I mean, it’s very nerve-racking, sitting there and watch that water come up into your home.”

He documented the damage back in 2011. Eight years later, he’s hoping for the same help from local emergency management crews.

That’s why McCracken County Rescue Division Capt. Joy Cook was out assessing damage Thursday. “We want to help the community recover as quickly as we can,” Cook said.

She was taking photos and calculating damage with Survey 123 — new technology provided by the state. “It will be put on a map for the county director, so he can see it,” Cook said. “This isn’t just for flooding. This is for any incident we may have.”

That data — which goes to the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency — can help those who need it most, and people like Anthony.

Anthony said he still has electricity in his home, but that’s not the case for everyone. Staying in your flooded home without heat could be dangerous. If you need to evacuate, call your local emergency management office.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the McCracken County Rescue Division, visit their Facebook page or call 270-444-7884.