Winchester homeowner recovering from flood damage

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s a day of damage assessment and cleanup for many in Winchester after flash flooding last night.

Heavy rain caused major flooding throughout Winchester, leading to the mayor declaring a state of emergency.

“It was just an extraordinary event,” said Mayor Ed Burtner. “There was an enormous amount of water – Winn Avenue, several residential areas. There were a lot of homeowners that had basements flooded.”

Bryan Aulisio is one of those homeowners recovering from the damage.

“The water and the rain had really intensified and it started to just come right down the stairs there and it pretty much overtook the basement in a matter of minutes,” said Aulisio. “It broke the windows out and I barely got out in just a few minutes – seconds even, I mean it didn’t even take minutes. It was, it happened that fast.”

Every year, Aulisio puts on a major Christmas light show at his home for the community. He stored his decorations and equipment in the basement.

“The community really loves it and it’s a labor of love I enjoy that I do, and pretty much everthing I have has gotten submerged in water,” Aulisio said.

Aulisio spent the night pumping water out of the basement. He just started the process of getting everything out and seeing what he can save.

Despite the loss, he is taking it as it is and is still thinking about what he loves doing for his community.

“It’s just a tragic loss of, you know, my light display that I really enjoy doing for everybody,” shared Aulisio. “It’s just – it is what it is.”

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help rebuild the beloved light display. Click here to donate and for more details.

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