If you do not want to purchase property or housing in the floodplain, it is easy to go to www.LOJIC.org and type in the address of the property to see the delineated floodplain. However, bear in mind that where a line is drawn does not mean water will stop at the line! Basically, if it rains more and goes on for days, the ground becomes saturated so it is unpredictable – flooding can occur past the demarcated floodplain line on the map.

What we do know is that frequency of larger rainfall is occurring. Today, only 0.6 inches of rainfall must be compensated for by various methods (including digging a basin) when permitting a new development plan. However, Jefferson County continues to see increases in frequency and rainfall amounts.

Why is MSD not requiring more compensation? Instead of 0.6 inches, there should be a higher amount required to be detained on a site when the plan comes before Planning & Design Services and/or Board of Zoning Adjustments since Jefferson County is having increases in frequency of flooding and rainfall of 3 inches or greater (and not just 0.6 inches). It just makes sense!

Additionally, we urge the halt to the folly of allowing building in the floodplain, which MSD allows as long as a foot or two of soil is added in the floodplain to build upon, potentially creating a moat situation while the road/driveway to the dwelling might be under water and/or vehicle(s) submerged.

Why is the MSD board not addressing the above while Louisville Metro has 12,000 structures in the floodplain and several suffering from horrific flooding? People are put at risk of health effects, too.

Jefferson County should be proactive and cease digging out floodplain soil and putting structures and people in harm’s way. Retention of existing trees and vegetation must occur and folks need to realize the “understory” they might refer to as “weeds” are necessary to retain and soak up water to lessen flooding. Removal of trees is unwise. Itty-bitty caliper replacements might not survive droughts and flooding. Planting five small trees of 1½ inch caliper will not provide the tree canopy that the larger, mature tree was providing. Additionally, the microenvironment under that tree would be removed so that what lived there will be gone.

There must be more alternative development where trees and topography are valued and left in place to help improve Louisville Metro’s scorching Heat Island rating while adding to the beauty of our community.

Teena Halbig

Immediate Past President

Peter Bodnar III

Co-President

Sheron Lear

Co-President

Floyds Fork Environmental Association