LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Several areas in Casey County were inundated as a result of Saturday’s storm system, according to County Emergency Director Rick Wesley. The county received more than five inches of rain over the past 24 hours, prompting the call for a local state of emergency.
Wesley says the hardest hit area was in Liberty, where Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard was closed for hours as high water swept through it and affected businesses on both sides of the road.
Among those affected were Mike True and his family’s hardware store, which has served the community for 45 years. True says flooding from the nearby Green River has caused lingering problems for him and others in that area in recent years.
The water must travel a good distance to reach its storefront.
“It’s 1,500 feet from the river… maybe further,” True said.
Even still, he says he has covered these images five times in the past 12 years.
“And we’ve had three floods in the last 15-18 months,” True said.
It became so common that he devised his own plans to reduce the damage.
“We installed this pumping system so I can pump about 100 and a few thousand gallons per hour,” True said.
The pumps and sandbags helped this time. But True hopes the issue will be investigated before it happens again and causes irreparable harm to businesses in the community.
“The point is, I’ve been in business for a very long time, so I can afford to take a few licks. But some of these kids, they can’t, ”True said.
True says he suffered about $ 750,000 in damages during the various flooding incidents – and that total does not include this one. But due to his preparation and the help of the community, he hopes to resume his activities by Monday.
Wesley said several rescues were carried out across the county on Saturday from vehicles and homes. But he said he was unaware that anyone was injured.
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