Barge Strike Causes Partial Collapse of Western Kentucky Bridge

by Chad Lampe, Kentucky Public Radio The Kentucky Highway Department reports that a barge hit the US 68/KY 80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge at the western entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The bridge is partially collapsed. KDOT Spokesman Keith Todd says no vehicles were on the bridge at the time. The Coast… Continue reading Barge Strike Causes Partial Collapse of Western Kentucky Bridge

Western Kentucky Coal Production Increases, While Eastern Slumps

According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in eastern Kentucky declined in 2010, even though the industry saw a slight boost in western Kentucky. The variance in production is partially due to the different mining conditions found in the two regions. In eastern Kentucky, coal production declined by nearly 10… Continue reading Western Kentucky Coal Production Increases, While Eastern Slumps

MetroSafe Participates in FEMA Earthquake Drill

The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an earthquake drill in western Kentucky today. FEMA is testing how well various federal, state, city and private agencies can respond to a devastating quake on the New Madrid Fault, which is underneath parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Louisville MetroSafe spokesperson Lee Cravins says his agency was… Continue reading MetroSafe Participates in FEMA Earthquake Drill

Some Western Kentucky Residents Returning Home After Evacuations

by Chad Lampe, Kentucky Public Radio Some of the western Kentucky residents who were forced to evacuate their homes due to severe flooding will be allowed to return soon. Governor Steve Beshear today authorized the move as the Ohio and Mississippi rivers recede. But while some residents will return to their homes, not all of… Continue reading Some Western Kentucky Residents Returning Home After Evacuations

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… Continue reading Lock Closures Could Cost Millions

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… Continue reading Beshear to Return to Western Kentucky

Beshear Asks for Federal Aid for Farmers

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for assistance for farmers in flood-stricken western Kentucky. Beshear says the federal assistance is necessary to make up for crop losses and infrastructure damage caused by the weather. Beshear’s request applies to farmers in 21 counties, though additional counties could be added later.

Judge Says Corps of Engineers May Breach Levee

by Angela Hatton, Kentucky Public Radio A federal district judge says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can breach a levee in southeastern Missouri to alleviate flooding. Missouri officials had argued that the Corps’ plan to break the levee would ruin 130,000 acres of valuable farm land. But Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who intervened… Continue reading Judge Says Corps of Engineers May Breach Levee

Beshear Tours Western Kentucky Flood Damage

by Angela Hatton, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear flew over western Kentucky today to assess the damage from storms and floods. The governor has also asked President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration, which would make money and other resources available for relief efforts. “We’re just making sure today that everything is… Continue reading Beshear Tours Western Kentucky Flood Damage