Bowling Green Working On Plans To Ease Flood Risk

By Jake Boswell | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Hours after Monday morning's heavy rain, backed up water still made its way from Bowling Green streets into drainage areas. Fairview Plaza is one of those areas slow to drain. City officials said they're aware of the problem but it's not their decision to make.

"That is a private property. It's not the city's responsibility to address," said Bowling Green Public Works Director, Jeff Lashlee.

The city knows that Fairview isn't the only place in town that constantly sees high water, but some of those roads don't belong to them either. The underpass on Russellville Road, near the campus of WKU, is a state road. Debris from a new pothole shows just how quickly water can damage the area.

Warren County didn't receive a lot of complaints over the weekend, officials believe that may be due to dry cropland soaking up moisture.
Despite dodging a bullet officials said problem areas exist for them as well.

"When the weather forecast is for severe rain, we'll normally put up the road closed signs before the rain happens," said Warren County Public Works Director, Mac Yowell.

Back in town, problem roads belonging to the city of Bowling Green aren't going unnoticed. That's why plans are in the works to totally revamp drainage in some low lying areas for days like Monday.

"We're currently in design for one at Smallhouse Road and Ridgecrest. It's a location that historically flooded back in the hailstorm of 1998," added Lashlee.

Those projects should not only affect one intersection, it should help relieve some water pressure in other parts of town.

City officials said heavy rains in a few short hours are tough, but helping keep drainage intakes clean, can make a huge difference in water levels all over town.

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