1:20pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Flooding Proves Costly in Louisville

Louisville Metro Government officials are still tallying the cost of damage and cleanup from severe flooding in recent weeks. If the city can claim $2.4 million or more in damages, Metro Government can request federal assistance. At last count, $600,000 had been spent to keep flood pumps running and officials estimated an additional $100,000 would be necessary to repair and clean streets.

Emergency Management Director Doug Hamilton gave agencies until Monday to report any damages, but the deadline was apparently lifted and the review continues. City officials declined to say whether a new deadline has been set. The Ohio River is expected to rise slightly this week due to additional rainfall.

The city could decide to seek relief even if it doesn't cross the $2.4 million threshold. Any rejected requests could be appealed.

A spokesperson for the mayor's office says a decision on whether to apply for assistance will be made soon.