Mayor seeks federal disaster assistance for flooding; Seven free drop-off sites set for flood debris

From the Mayor’s Office. . .

Louisville, KY– Mayor Greg Fischer today continued the city’s action to seek federal disaster assistance in the wake of the recent record flooding by signing an order, declaring a local state of emergency. Fischer directed the city’s Emergency Management Agency to lead the process of gathering all damage and cost estimates citywide to be able to quickly apply for federal aid related to both individual and public losses stemming from the record rainfall last week.

Photo: Paula Presley
Photo: Paula Presley

“The record rains, up to seven inches in some areas, caused devastating flash flooding and damage in all areas of the community and we are working quickly to provide both immediate help and longer-term support in the form of federal disaster assistance,” Fischer said.

Fischer also announced that seven sites, spread throughout the community, will soon be available for citizens to drop off flood debris at no charge. The Metro Waste Reduction Center will accept drop-off of residential flood debris Monday – Saturday, now through April 25. Six additional drop-off locations will be available starting this Thursday, and will be open Thursday through Saturday each week through April 25.

The free service is available for residents of Louisville only and it does not include commercial haulers.

No construction debris or yard waste will be accepted. To qualify for the free drop-off residents must present the attendant with two forms of identification verifying Louisville residency. If a citizen hires an individual or business to remove debris, the citizen must accompany the hauler to the drop-off center or provide the hauler with the same two forms of identification to present at the facility. Drop-off sites are as follows:

Waste Reduction Center636 Meriwether Avenue

Open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sites below will operate Thursday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bethany Lane

10500 Lower River Road at Bethany Lane


Newburg Community Center

4810 Exeter Ave 40218


Outer Loop Recycling Center

7201 Outer Loop 40228


Dixie Recycling Center

7219 Dixie Hwy 40258


Charlie Vettiner Park

5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd 40299


Hubbards Ln. Recycling Center

595 Hubbards Ln. 40207

Residents who cannot drop off debris may request pickup service. Pickup requests must be sent by email no later than 5 p.m. on April 13 to

“From wet basements to flooded homes and garages, we’ve heard from many residents who have flood damaged items of all kinds. With multiple drop-off sites and the ability to request debris pickup, we hope to help the entire community get back on its feet,” Fischer said.