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Councilman Johnson encourages residents to take advantage of free service from MSD to help ease flooding

Tuesday September 26, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – Many homeowners in Metro Louisville have spent a long weekend dealing with the wrath of Mother Nature and flooding.

“We have received many calls from residents who still have flooded basements as a result of the combined sewer system,” said Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21. “MSD  has a free device that can minimize basement flooding.”

Johnson says MSD still offers a free backflow valve that when installed can keep sewers from backing up into a basement. District 21 had many flooded basements, especially along South Third Street.

MSD began installing such devices in the early 1990’s as a result of flooding in the Metro area.

The premise for it is a simple one. The device is installed on a sewer line. It allows water to flow out of the basement of a home. If water were to come back into a home, the device automatically closes the value to keep water from flowing into a basement.

“After this weekend, I have been assured that if a homeowner is interested in one, it can be installed,” says Johnson. “And it can be installed free of charge.”

For more information about back flow valve simply call MSD customer service at 587-0603 or Councilman Johnson’s office 574-1121.

Dan Johnson (D) 21