Flood victims sound off at Covington meeting

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Flood victims packed Covington City Hall Tuesday night to express their concerns and frustrations following combined sewer overflows during last week's rain events.

Many of the Covington residents who attended the meeting were the same residents flooded three years ago.

They say they were promised help then, but have yet to see a fix.

"All's I heard was 'we're going to take care of it, we're going to take care of it. And here we are three years later," Teri Meyer said addressing the Sanitation District No. 1. "It's the same thing."

Some argued they were looking not only for a fix, but for restitution for damages.

Many residents expressed frustration over what they heard from SD1 representatives.

"All we heard tonight was how much rain," Joe Mueller Sr. Said. "Hell, we know how much rain we got. What are you going to do?"

"[We] absolutely understand the frustrations that they have and the issues that they're dealing with," SD1 executive director David Rager told FOX19. "They're very personal to them and that's a huge problem."

The Sanitation District has identified $15 million dollars worth of projects to help eliminate the flooding, but right now there is no start date in sight.

"It all will depend on when there's money available," Rager explained.

Frustrated rate payers question where SD1's current revenues were going.

"Unfortunately 50 cents of every dollar we take goes to pay the debt on the projects we already have and then you add on top of that the cost of the electric bill, the chemical bill and the requirements just to run the treatment plants," Rager explained. "There's very little money left to do anything else with."

"I've got some bad emotion and I'm saying that somebody's got to do something instead of sitting in there in a meeting and talking about it," flood victim Richard Jones said.  "It doesn't solve the problem."

SD1 requested a rate increase to help pay for federal mandated projects under the Clean Water Act, but were turned down.

Officials with the City of Covington plan to present a plan to the SD1 board next week.

Rager says once the financing is in place the projects will likely take three to four years to complete.

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