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Tennessee Valley Authority said they averted $1.6 billion in damages in holding back February’s record breaking rainfall.

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  Emergency Management officials in west Kentucky and southern Illinois along the Ohio River say severe flooding is finally under control. But the National Weather Service says water levels from Paducah to Cairo, Illinois, will remain at a “major” flood stage for at least another week.


EMA officials said that might close roads down and cut people off in low-lying, rural areas. Livingston County EMA Director Brent Stringer said even though the worst of flooding is past, people should reach out if they need any help.


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Health officials are urging Kentucky residents affected by recent flooding to follow safety and health tips.

Ohio River "Cairo" Bridge To Close From Flooding

Feb 22, 2019
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  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a release the US-51 bridge connecting Cairo, Illinois, with Kentucky is being closed Friday afternoon because of severe flooding.


The bridge will be closing between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. It will be closed until February 28 and may be closed longer if the region sees more rainfall.



The high water level of the Ohio River has the Owensboro-Daviess County region under a flood warning until Friday, Feb. 22.  Many roads are closed and the county is handing out sandbags on Saturday morning.

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In eastern Kentucky’s Pike County, some residents have suffered numerous damaging flash floods. State inspectors say the floods were made worse by a nearby coal mine. The damaged mine lands have not been properly reclaimed, sending water rushing onto neighboring properties. It’s a common problem in coal communities. But what sets this one apart is that the coal mine is owned by the family of West Virginia’s Governor, Jim Justice. The Justice family companies are locked in a legal battle with Kentucky’s regulators over the unreclaimed mine lands.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has asked President Donald Trump to issue a disaster declaration for 35 counties affected by flooding.

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  The City of Paducah is encouraging residents to setup their own rain gardens in an effort to help reduce storm water runoff.

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  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is repairing a section of U.S. highway 62 in Caldwell County after flood waters caused a small landslide.

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Livingston County is providing sand and bags for residents of the Ledbetter area to protect their homes from rising floodwaters.