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Heavy rain making people in flood prone areas nervous

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email

The potential for flooding has some folks on edge this afternoon. People living in flood prone areas, like Tates Creek Estates in Jessamine County, say when the rain comes down their problems go up.
It's been 10 months since Tates Creek Estates flooded, and most of the residents have not returned. It's one of the most flood prone areas in the county. Those who stayed say every time a drop of rain falls from the sky, they nervously watch the creek behind the subdivision.
"Well I don't sleep very soundly when it starts raining. I'm up and down checking the creek all the time now," says resident Boby Smith.
Smith says in the past 6 years, the area has flooded 3 times. Since the May flood, his house has been raised several feet. but he still can't help but worry that his house can't compete with Mother Nature.
"You just get in a vehicle and leave. Ain't nothing you can do. When that water starts coming up out of the creek quick, it automatically just comes on up," says Smith.
Most of the houses in the neighborhood have been abandoned, and some say they just don't know how much more they can take.
"It gets worse every year we have one, gets worse and worse," says Smith.
As of early Thursday afternoon, the creek was well below its bank. But with a few hours of heavy rain, it may fill up, sending residents scrambling to get out.
Much of the state is under a flash flood watch, or a flood watch, through Friday morning.

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