Here’s what e’re working on for today at 1pm: Flood waters continue to rise from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico. The Arkansas Farm Bureau reports today more than 1 million acres of cropland are underwater there. We’ll talk about the flooding and the damage with a farmer in Arkansas. On Monday, President […]
by Angela Hatton, Kentucky Public Radio Due to flooding, Ohio River locks between Louisville and Cairo, Illinois have been temporarily shutdown. Water on the rivers is expected to stay high for at least another week. And that means the river transportation industry could lose millions of dollars on blocked shipments. Emmett Neal is Vice President […]
President Barack Obama has granted the major disaster declaration requested by Governor Steve Beshear in response to flooding in several parts of the commonwealth, including western Kentucky. According to a statement, Beshear’s requests for public assistance and hazard mitigation were granted Wednesday evening. “Public Assistance is aid to state or local governments to pay part […]
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear plans to return Tuesday to far western Kentucky, for further assessment of the flooding situation. Beshear, who toured the area last week, says the lower Ohio River is expected to crest at 58 feet Friday, five feet higher than earlier projections. “It’s very likely we’re going to have more flooding than […]
Officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival say clear skies Firday and Saturday should help make up for several says of rain and floods. High waters have already forced relocations for several festival events. Spokesperson Mark Shallcross says fortunately, the Ohio River is receding now, as the busiest week of the festival begins. “The weather’s not […]
by Angela Hatton and Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield is on a tour of western Kentucky counties affected by flooding and storms. The Congressman visited Calloway County this morning and spoke with Murray Mayor Bill Wells about severe damage from Monday night’s storms. Whitfield says they also spoke about federal grants […]
President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The declaration triggers the release of federal funds for communities flooded by last week’s torrential rains. But Steve Oglesby with Kentucky Emergency Management work says actually getting those federal funds could take a while.
Disasters – natural and man-made alike – are challenging the resources of the Ohio River Valley sector of the U.S. Coast Guard, based in Louisville, KY.
Severe flooding in Indiana this summer hurt farmers. And some have decided to convert flood-prone land back to wetlands through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. Over the past four years, the state has restored more than 12,000 acres of wetlands, adding to a total of more than 55,000 acres.