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Debris and silt still a concern in eastern Kentucky waterways after flooding

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Justin Hicks
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Debris removal continues in eastern Kentucky over a month after deadly floods hit the region. In mid-August, Governor Beshear announced the beginning of debris removal from the area’s creeks and rivers.

There is concern now that the floods moved large amounts of silt into the river and creek beds and is impacting the water levels.

Colonel Jeremy Slinker is the director of Kentucky Emergency Management. He said that can be addressed.

“We also know that you will never get to that silt if you can’t get through the debris on top of it. So that’s active now, now once that hazardous debris comes out, it goes back to the authorities that usually do that, which is the NRCS.”

The NRCS is the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Slinker says counties need to apply.

“Most all have already applied to NRCS and notified us of that. To initiate that process, that when the hazardous debris is taken out, NRCS can come in and start doing their stream repair as they would normally do under their authority.”

Currently, the company, AshBritt, is working to remove the debris in the water. It also has the contract to clean up other debris in eastern Kentucky.

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