The Parklands of Floyds Fork experienced extensive flooding throughout all four parks and The Strand the weekend of February 25, 2018. Throughout the event, staff worked tirelessly to close off flooded trails, roadways and areas to help ensure visitor safety.
As water began to recede on Monday morning, members of the Maintenance, Natural Areas, Garden and Trail teams went to work clearing debris and mud from roads and pathways. Following a flood event, order of priority to re-open areas is as follows: Park roads, Louisville Loop, Paved Trails, Paddling Accesses. The team begins work on the ends—Shelbyville Road in the north and Bardstown Road in the south—working their way to the center. The Strand, containing some of the lowest areas of The Parklands, is the last area to be cleared.
While a few closures remain in place, most areas re-opened on Monday, just in time for park visitors to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Clean up will continue on Tuesday, February 27 as water clears from The Strand and paddling accesses. Closure Updates
Read on for a closer look at the work conducted by our hardworking Operations Team to get things back open, allowing visitors to enjoy the park.
Flood by Numbers
While the numbers above provide a snapshot of the work conducted, clean-up and repairs to gardens, lawns and trails will continue into the spring. By supporting The Parklands through Membership, your donation helps fund the flood response and clean-up conducted during the past 48 hours as well as future work to maintain our parks 365 days a year. Join today at www.theparklands.org/Member.
Anna Rosales-Crone was hired as Communications Coordinator in May of 2015 to help build park awareness through public relations and marketing. She will also support managing The Parklands brand, website and social media. She comes to us from the American Red Cross where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a year, promoting disaster preparedness. Following her year of service, she was hired as the chapter’s Communications Associate, growing the Louisville Area Chapter’s digital and social media presence while supporting public relations and marketing efforts. She provided public affairs support and guidance during major disaster operations. Anna is a graduate of the University of Evansville where she met her husband and the second love of her life—traveling. She also enjoys reading, baking, dancing, going to concerts and hanging out with her two cats. Contact me about: media relations, speaker requests, photo requests, website and social media.
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