$1.3M infrastructure work cures Bellevue flooding

FOX19 File Photo of previous flooding on Covert Run Pike
FOX19 File Photo of previous flooding on Covert Run Pike

BELLEVUE, KY (FOX19) - For some areas of the tri-state, flooding is always a problem when it rains. Aging infrastructure can't keep up with Mother Nature, but one Kentucky neighborhood has seen a transformation.

It wasn't too long ago when a steady rain would leave Covert Run Pike in Bellevue under water. Debbie Mossman told us in 2009 every time it rained she and her neighbors would spend hours pumping sewage and storm water from their basements.

"We've had from three to five feet of water in our basement. It's an excitement to see it's getting fixed but when. Bottom line is when," said Mossman.

Now, five years later, Mossman's basement is dry despite the downpour outside.

"We use to panic. When they said it was going to rain, we would panic. It was a miracle. We no more flood. We don't have to worry about going out of town on a three day weekend and our basement being flooded. It's just a miracle. It really is," says Mossman.

After more than 50 years of unlivable flooding, Bellevue shelled out 1.3 million dollars to fix Covert Run Pike. Mayor Ed Riehl says the older infrastructure consisted of one pipe divided into two sections. One of the sections held sewage waste while the other held storm drain water. When heavy rains would come, the pipe would flood sending the waste water into the streets and basements of the surrounding homes.

With a lot of financial help from the state, Bellevue enlarged the sewers so all that water finally has a place to go.

"We actually removed the road surface and had a new sewer line, sanitary line, water line put in at the same time,"says Mayor Riehl.

While the rain still brings some trouble like heavy floods to the creek behind the homes, Mossman says it's nothing compared to what they have endured.

"You know what was nice about it though? Everybody would pitch in and help out one another. You know? Get suck pumps and help one another out. Everybody would be coming together as good neighbors," said Mossman.

Mayor Riehl says they are asking for $1.7 million from the state to fix Lincoln Road which is seeing similar issues.