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Two of the most hard hit areas are Jeffersontown and the area around Churchill Downs.
High winds damaged nine barns on the Backside at Churchill Downs. Nearly 100 workers that live in the barns and 100 horses are displaced due to the roofs being ripped of off the buildings. No injuries have been reported for people or animals.
The horses have been moved to stables at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The American Red Cross is helping displaced workers.
"We've never had damage at the track quite like this. It surprised everybody in this community," John Asher, Churchill Downs, said.
Racing has been canceled Thursday and is expected to resume Friday.
A powerful storm that ripped through the Louisville, Kentucky, area left thousands of people without power and forced the closing of the internationally famous Churchill Downs racetrack on Thursday. The National Weather Service said damage from the Wednesday night storm, which also struck the University of Louisville campus, likely resulted from a tornado. However, weather service meteorologist Ryan Sharp said that cannot be confirmed until a storm survey is completed later Thursday. The storm also spawned flash floods that left two motorists stranded in their cars amid the rising waters, according to CNN-affiliate WAVE. They were rescued by firefighters, the Louisville television station reported. About 8,500 customers lost electricity, according to Louisville-Jefferson County emergency officials. In a prepared statement released early Thursday, Churchill Downs announced that the horse track would be closed all day for racing and training because of damage left behind by the storm. However, the track's training facility, Trackside Louisville, was not damaged and will remain open, the statement read. Churchill Downs also said it had contacted the Red Cross about finding temporary shelter for 100 stable-area workers whose living quarters "were damaged or compromised by the strong winds." Churchill Downs is home to the Kentucky Derby. "Nine barns suffered significant damage as a result of the storm, which reportedly produced tornadoes in the metro Louisville area," the statement read. Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers said no one was injured, including any of the 1,400 horses stabled at the facility. However, track officials early Thursday were preparing to relocate as many as 150 horses. Rogers said the horses may need to be moved because of the possibility that the storm had left nails on the ground, which could injure the animals. Buddy Rogers, a spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management said his agency had not received reports of injuries at the racetrack or elsewhere.
Youre welcome! I took a quick spin around my neighborhood, up mellwood, up river road a bit, not a thing but some pooling water. It looks like there was not that much damage.
Originally posted by kdog1982
reply to post by hotbakedtater
Didn't get a chance to go view the damage today as I have been working
at the Horseshoe casino,fixing all the escalators from the recent flooding.
Thanks for posting those links,I'm sure we will see plenty on the news here shortly.