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River levels could affect waterfowl quota hunts at Ballard WMA as duck season reopens statewide

Rising water levels along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers will affect hunting access this weekend at some state-operated wildlife management areas. Duck season reopens statewide this Saturday (Dec. 7). Biologists are closely monitoring conditions for this weekend’s quota hunts at Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the far western end of the state. Ballard hunts are subject to cancellation...

Kentucky Disaster Relief teams to spend Independence Day holiday helping Illinois flood victims

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today As many as 20 Kentucky Disaster Relief team members will be spending the Fourth of July holiday helping flood victims along the Mississippi River in Illinois. It’s all part of the ministry that not only brings physical but spiritual relief to victims. Dave Hampton of Corbin joins Bruce Bayes of Flatwoods as the Blue Hats for the large Kentucky team that will be taking...

Kentuckians step up to help Nebraska grain farmers, livestock producers after devastating floods

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In America’s breadbasket, where the iconic image is “amber waves of grain,” Nebraska grain farmers and livestock producers are instead facing sodden, sand-covered fields, washed-out fencing and a tragic loss of cattle after the worst flooding in 50 years hit their region in March. Kentucky farmers understand what they’re going through, and they are...

Governor activates Kentucky National Guard to aid victims of flooding from heavy rains across the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops have been activated in response to continued flooding conditions resulting from heavy rain throughout Kentucky. Since Feb. 6, the state has experienced prolonged episodes of storms which have produced heavy rain, strong and gusting wind, flooding and flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the state, according to Kentucky Emergency...

Bevin declares state of emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall across Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency in response to continued heavy rainfall which has caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage across the Commonwealth. The Governor’s executive order enables the mobilization of state resources to be to be utilized in support of cities and counties as needed. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State...

Water levels near record high at Lake Cumberland due to heavy rains; Wolf Creek Dam released water

The water level at Lake Cumberland is at a near record high due to recent heavy rains, so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the largest ever quantity of water from the lake at Wolf Creek Dam, which could exacerbate flooding of low-lying areas along the Cumberland River below the dam. 
Up until now, water managers at the Corps’ District headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., said the largest...

LG&E and KU urging customers to remain vigilant as waters continue to rise, offer flood safety information

With increased flooding conditions across the region, LG&E and KU are on alert and monitoring areas within the utilities’ service territories and that run along the Ohio River. The utilities are following the river forecast and are prepared to modify service, as needed, to ensure the safety of customers within flooded areas, the general public and our crews in the field. Customers are urged...

Climate Change: A look at the latest National Climate Assessment report — and a heads up

Staff report Thirteen federal agencies released findings this week in a 1,600-page report on climate change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program is a consortium of 13 federal agencies that include the Department of Defense, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. The fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest of required reports on federal research into climate change. Mandated by...

Increased awareness, homeowner engagement are goals of UK’s Backyard Streams online program

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky While backyard streams can contribute to a scenic domestic retreat, they can also cause homeowners to have questions and even some concerns, such as flooding, erosion and trash deposits from upstream. Backyard Streams, a new program and online course from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, will help homeowners with backyard streams appreciate...

Be aware and prepared — Gov. Bevin proclaims September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Visit www.ready.gov for a host of ideas throughout National Preparedness Month. Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year, from...

Better Business Bureau reminding Kentuckians to use caution in contracting repairs after recent storms

The Better Business Bureau is urging Central and Eastern Kentucky home and business owners who suffered property damage and flooding issues from this weekend’s severe storms to research what companies they hire to help rebuild and repair damage. “Disastrous events like the winds and heavy rains that hit the area can act as a magnet for out-of-town contractors to come offering their services. Some...

Kentucky private NPOs applying for physical damage disaster loans face June 11 deadline from SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private nonprofit organizations in Kentucky of the June 11 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by a severe storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred between Feb. 9-14, 2018. Private nonprofit organizations located in the following counties are eligible to apply: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill,...

Gov. Bevin receives notification of Federal assistance for Eastern KY counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin today received notification that President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for certain Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of the severe flooding event from Feb. 9 through Feb. 14. Gov. Bevin “We are grateful for this official declaration by the President, which will allow Eastern Kentucky counties to access federal assistance to repair local...

Ky. Small Business Development Center offering help for businesses rebuilding after recent floods

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers help to businesses who have suffered damage from all of the flooding across the state this year. “Many people do not know that the KSBDC serves business owners throughout the business life cycle. This includes when disaster hits,” said Becky Naugle, state director. “Our counselors are here to help a business weather the storm. With the flooding...

Governor asks for Presidential Disaster Declaration for flood damage in 22 eastern KY counties

Governor Matt Bevin had sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 eastern Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe flooding event last month. The flooding caused over $18 million in damages to highways, bridges and local infrastructure. “The requested Presidential Disaster Declaration will provide eastern Kentucky counties with federal...

Dept. of Public Health warns of hazards caused by flooding — here are safety guidelines to follow

The Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines in the wake of severe flooding and water run-off throughout the state. “We want Kentuckians to use caution in flooded areas, and as the clean-up begins once floodwaters recede,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner. “Taking the time to follow safety guidelines related...

Weather report: Rains will continue through Sunday, more flooding with river high of 59.4 ft by Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Earlier this month Eastern Kentucky suffered flooding due to heavy rain and now the central and western parts of the state are on the radar over the next week.   Joe Sullivan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Louisville, said much of the problem is not being able to dry out after the repeated bouts of rain. 
“Much of the Ohio River Valley has had over...