MSD putting flood gates up throughout the city


ON ROWAN STREET AT 11TH DOWNTOWN
WHERE RIGHT NOW, MSD CREWS ARE
INSTALLING A FLOOD BARRIER
.
CAROLYN? REPORTER: THE OHIO RIVER IS OVER
MY RIGHT SHOULDER. IF THERE IS WATER AROUND YOU,
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. IT GETS STEEPER, PRETTY THE. — PRETTY DEEP HERE. IT TAKES 12 INCHES TO MOVE A
CAR. THAT IS WHY YOU NEED TO BE SO
CAREFUL IN THIS. MSD CREWS ARE OUT HERE PUTTING
UP THIS TO PROTECT THE
FLOODWALL. THEY WILL PROTECT THE FLOODS —
HOMES AND BUSINESSES BEHIND
YOUR. THE CRANES CAME IN TO HELP THE
MOVIES LARGE PIECES. ALL OF THESE PIECES ARE STORED
IN A CLOSET-TYPE THING RIGHT
HERE AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE THEM
OUT PIECE BY PIECE. THIS WILL BE A LONG PROCESS
TONIGHT. WE WERE HERE THIS AFTERNOON AS
THEY STARTED THE ENTIRE PROCESS. IT LIKELY WILL NOT BE FINISHED
UNTIL AROUND 10:00 TONIGHT. THE WALL IS ABOUT 23 FEET HIGH
AND THE WHOLE POINT IS TO
PREVENT WATER FROM GETTING TO
THE HOMES AND BUSINESSES BEHIND
IT. THERE ARE 16 FLOOD PUMP STATIONS
THROUGHOUT THE METRO. THOSE HAVE BEEN WORKING FULL
BLAST FOR 10 DAYS NOW. NINE OF THEM ARE AT LEAST
75 YEARS OLD.>>WE HAVE SOME OLDER PUMPS THAT
HAVE BURNED OUT AND MOTORS AND
SO WE’VE BEEN VERY LUCKY. REMEMBER, 16 FLOOD PUMP STATIONS
AND WE’VE ONLY HAD REALLY A
COUPLE OF PUMPS THAT HAVE WENT
DOWN BUT WE STILL HAVE SOME
MAINTENANCE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE
TO ADDRESS AND A LOT OF THE PUMP STATIONS NEED ELECTRICAL
UPGRADES. REPORTER: MAYOR FISCHER WENT UP
IN AN LMPD HELICOPTER TODAY TO
CHECK OUT THE DAMGE AND WATER
LEVELS. HE MENTIONED SHAWNEE GOLF
COURSE. WE STOPPED BY THE GOLF COURSE
THIS AFTERNOON AND THERE’S SO
MUCH WATER THAT SOMEONE WAS
ACTUALLY KAYAKING ON THE GOLF
COURSE. THE MAYOR SAYS THE GOOD NEWS IS
THAT HE FEELS LIKE THIS FLOOD
HAS BEEN MANAGED MUCH BETTER
THAN PREVIOUS MAJOR FLOODING
EVENTS.>>FOR AS MUCH WATER AS THERE IS
OUT THERE WE’RE PLEASED THAT
, THING ARE WORKING LIKE THEY’RE
SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING. THE ADDITIONAL BILLION GALLONS
OF STORAGE SINCE ALL THE PUMP
1997, STATIONS WORKING, OUR MSD
AND THE TEAM GETTING AFTER IT. GIVEN WHAT’S HAPPENED, WE ARE IN
AS GOOD OF SHAPE AS WE CAN BE
RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: AND THE CREW — AND
THE CREWS YOU SEE NOW WILL BE
WORKING THROUGH THE NIGHT. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO PUT ONE OR
MORE OF THESE. ONE OF THE REASONS THE MAYOR
WENT UP TO SURVEY THE DAMAGE IS
IN ORDER TO GET FEDERAL AID YOU
HAVE TO REACH AT LEAST $2.7
MILLION IN DAMAGES. HE SAYS HE EXPECTS TO HIT OR
EXCEED THAT NUMBER. CONGRESSMAN YARMUTH WAS HERE
TODAY. HE SAYS BELOW WAS IN EASTERN
KENT

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