Warren County neighborhood is still underwater, four days later
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – On Monday, WNKY reported on a neighborhood that is stuck underwater following the flooding on Sunday.
That subdivision is still underwater.
Parts of the neighborhood have been under water for four days straight with some families trapped in their homes.
After the melting snow and ice saturated the ground last week, a flood wreaked havoc in much of Southcentral Kentucky over the weekend.
Weatherstone neighborhood has been hit pretty hard by the flooding and Brandon Peay, a resident of the neighborhood, just started a new job and had to have his aunt take him to work on his first day, and every day since.
“It’s frustrating to a point that I am not able to do my usual daily routines. Not being able to get out to grocery shop, basic things. I also have a second position. I do driving for a food delivery service so I haven’t been able to earn extra income with that so it’s really putting a damper on my finances,” said Peay.
In the area, storm water drains directly into the cave system or the Barren River, according to Josh Moore, the Warren County Public Works director.
“It takes a few days until our cave systems can empty out into the Barren River for instance and then water will recede. There is just no where for it to go,” said Moore.
Crystal Juarbe and multiple other neighbors had their cars towed past the water line so that she could walk around the flooded area and leave her home if needed.
Juarbe is concerned the flooding issue could cause depreciation in the value of her home.
“A lot of us have put everything we’ve worked for into these homes. I know, personally, I have. I have four children and I worked very hard to get to where I am at and just, after this, it’s just literally going to fall apart. It’s just, I don’t what is going to happen with my home. It’s going to depreciate. I’m not going to be able to sell it after all the equity I have gotten into it. It feels like it’s a lose-lose for a lot of us in this area and right now, it’s looking like there’s nothing we can do about it at all,” said Juarbe.
According to Moore, the first thing they will do is clear the road off.
“If it’s full of mud or debris, we’ll help get the road cleaned up. We’ll fix any damage in any areas that are, you know, maybe damaged due to the water standing on it. The next thing after that would be to look at the storm sewer system and make sure the pipes are clean,” said Moore.
Some neighbors have even discussed trying to file a class action lawsuit against the county and the area developer claiming negligence.