Northern Kentucky residents cope with flood damage

Significant damage to homes and businesses reported
Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 16, 2019

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WCPO) — On Monday, the north end of Lexington experienced flash flooding that briefly closed multiple roads. We were not the only ones to experience the rising waters.

"Everything in our garage, everything in our basement, our washer and dryer. Everything down there is gone," Erlanger resident Michelle Richards said.

This is not the first time that the people of Erlanger have experienced flooding, but this time, the loss hit hard.

"This time it was everything," said Richards.

She says she nearly lost her car.

Jeff Fleek expects to spend the next few days pumping out his Concord Drive home.

"What's happening is these storm drains can't handle a big storm like this and these two houses are low spots. So, all the water collects right here," Fleek said.

Donna Saylor, the manager of Stevenson Road Greenhouse in Erlanger, tells WCPO that the cleanup will not be easy and she doesn't yet know how many flowers she lost.

"The inside of my greenhouse, the lake overflowed in the back, and it's just taken a wall completely out," she said.

The homeowners said they've reached out to the sanitation district of Northern Kentucky in hopes of finding a permanent solution to the repeat flooding problem. Other roads in Erlander were also washed out Monday.