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Johnson County officials and Army Corps. of Engineers holding public meeting on county wide flood plan.


Flooding has been a problem for parts of eastern Kentucky. Johnson County is working on the issue with the Army Corps. Of Engineers. The Corps. is putting together a flood risk management plan for the county. There will be public meeting Tuesday where it will be presented to the community.

Mark Mckenzie is the Johnson County Judge Executive. He said there will be multiple components to the plan.

“There will be structural components to the project which means actual flood walls in certain locations, there will be some levees included in this, backflow preventers trying to keep water from backing up into the community.”

He said this is needed because his county is no strangers to the damages and dangers of flooding.

“Johnson County had a very devastating flood event in 2015 where there was loss of life that occurred out on Big Mud Lick Creek in Johnson County. We’re impacted in both the county and city both by both backwater events from flooding and flash flooding.”

The project is expected to be completed in the next four to four and a half years. The meeting will start Tuesday evening at 6:30 at U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum in Staffordsville.

Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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