Flooding in Hopkinsville

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Governor Fletcher was in Hopkinsville today to recognize the disaster situation the area faces. Fletcher was joined by Representative Ed Whitfield and the Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General, Donald Storm, as he presented a check worth more than $650,000 to flood relief for the city. WBKO caught up with an area man who is lives in one of the worst hit areas.

Ken Hayes says: "This time we didn't get any water but we looked for it afraid we'd get water."

For eight years Ken Hayes has been dealing with flooding near his home.

Hayes says: "It wasn't very pleasant to say the least. I won't say we get used to it, it just happens and you live with it."

The road outside Hayes home was covered with water and impassable. Hayes lives next door to the south fork of the Little River, which flooded on Monday.

Christian County Emergency Management Director, Matt Snorton, says: "Our dispatch center woke me yesterday morning at about 4:30. We had just had a very heavy downpour. Something like six inches in four hours time. And it was starting to cause flooding in some of the flood plains and flood prone areas of the community."

The Trail of Tears Park is also completely submerged with water. Only the peaks of the shelters are visible. This area is prone to flooding.

Hayes says: "This whole thing was just surrounded. The whole house was surrounded by water it was in here all over the back and of course all over the front."

Hayes says they expect the worst with every storm that comes along and he is just grateful they were not hit any harder.

The director of emergency management for Christian County says the Little River does not have any watershed lakes or catch basins, which makes it prone to flooding. He also says the recent development in the area adds to problems with runoff having no where to drain, also causing flooding and fast moving currents.


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