Thursday Here and Now: Floodwaters Rising, Whiskey Row Still Standing, Long Now Moving Slowly

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 […]

Lock Closures Could Cost Millions

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 Grants Disaster Declaration for Kentucky

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 […]

Beshear to Return to Western Kentucky

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 […]

Derby Festival Counting on Good Weather, Crowds This Weekend

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 […]

Beshear, Whitfield Discuss Flood Damage

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 […]