Floodwaters continue to affect Livingston County

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY — Although this week’s rain is not expected to be heavy, flooding from last month’s downpours continues to have a lasting effect on people in Livingston County.

On Loretta Drive in Ledbetter, several homes and backyards were flooded, as well as a section of the adjacent Clarks Ferry Road. The floodwaters have since receded significantly, but large sections of yards are still submerged. When Local 6 visited the neighborhood Wednesday, one neighbor was cleaning up her shed in her flooded backyard.

Several families in the neighborhood surrounded their homes with sandbags, including the family of Betty Myrick. Fortunately, the water never reached her home. She told me the water only covered part of her driveway and the road in front of her house.

Although Myrick’s home stayed dry, she was concerned about her neighbors who weren’t as lucky.

“I was worried about them. It’s hard to be flooded and everything, and it’s just a lot of — well, can’t think of the word. But it just puts a lot of strain on people, you know, in their lives,” said Myrick.

Myrick, who has lived there since 1970, said the last major flood she experienced was in 2011. She said the water reached her porch, but did not get into her house. Still, she had to live elsewhere for about 11 days.

“Yes, we were (concerned). Yes, we were. Now that house next door, it got in their house,” said Myrick.

Another neighbor told Local 6 a section of Loretta Drive was underwater during the 2011 flood, with only a small patch of land near the intersection of Loretta Drive and Clarks Ferry Road above water. Although that flood was worse than flood 2019, Myrick considers herself lucky that her home stayed dry through both.

“Oh yes, I believe the Lord was looking out for us. I believe in miracles myself,” said Myrick. “I told my daughter ‘Don’t get rid of the sandbags right away.'”

The temporary sand wall in Smithland

Meanwhile, high water did not breach the levee and temporary sand wall in Smithland, Livingston County Emergency Management Director Brent Stringer said. Although the waters have receded significantly, Stringer said they plan to keep the temporary sand wall up through May in case more flooding happens, especially because the town is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland rivers.

Waters at the Smithland Levee and sand wall have receded significantly.

Stringer said it’s unclear how much the flood has cost the county, but it could be significant given the man hours it took to set up the temporarily sand wall, along with the cost of bringing 5,000 tons of sand to the levee.

Stringer said the county is prepared to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance if eligible.

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