Dealing with flooding yet again, local homeowner says he’s not leaving

William Joyce describes flooding on Lydon Road.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — What would you do if you lived in an area that gets hit with flooding year after year? Would you move? One local man says, flooding or not, this is home — and he’s not leaving.

“This’ll be the eighth or ninth flood that I’ve been through since we’ve owned this property. I’ve been there since I was 5 years old, and I’m 63 now,” William Joyce says.

He lives on Lydon Road in McCracken County. Able to stand in the street Wednesday, he described a different picture of what it looked like not too long ago.

He said the floodwaters reached “nearly two foot right here this time. And now and down there at my house, it was 4-foot deep”

“Other people say ‘Why don’t you move?’ It’s home. I don’t want to move somewhere else. My kids call it home. My grandsons call it home. Don’t want to go nowhere else.”

Flood 2019 brought plenty of unpleasant surprises for him.

“I was at work when they called and told me that the cars was caught, and I started to leave work to come home and get a trailer and winch to go in and get them. And when I got to questioning them about them, it’s like ‘No, it’s already up in the floorboard, and it’s already inside the car,” Joyce says.

That happened despite his best efforts. He says the cars were parked where it was dry – where the water hadn’t yet reached.

But then, “From 2 o’clock to 6 o’clock, it came up almost 2 foot and got the cars.”

“It was purely an accident. It wasn’t anything stupid on anybody’s part. It’s just the water just came up so fast,” Joyce says.

He’s seen other people try to drive through the floodwaters – something traffic officials, emergency responders and law enforcement officers always advise against.

“There’s been people attempting to drive through it and didn’t make it,” Joyce says. “And they lost their car.”

So how are things on his property now? “Right now, it’s probably about 14-16 inches at my house — probably still in it 16 inches. But it’s draining out every day just a little more, and that’s all we can hope for,” he says.

Joyce shared an optimistic view as the water continues to go down.

“It’s a relief, because you never know how high it’s going to go. Good Lord’s willing, we’ll see another one,” he says. “We’ll deal with it just like we do this one. It’ll just be another clean up, move on — another day.”