Kentucky Dam

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  Tennessee Valley Authority officials say 2020 is now the wettest year recorded for the Tennessee Valley, with 68.27 inches of rainfall on average across the region. 

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  The Tennessee Valley Authority says their dozens of dams are holding back the most rainfall the Tennessee River basin has seen from January through March since 1891.

  The National Weather Service in Paducah is extending the flood warning for most of west Kentucky until 11:30 Saturday morning.

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Two western Kentucky sites are closer to joining the National Register of Historic Places. The Kentucky Heritage Council board approved all fifteen nominations today (Monday), including the Paducah City Hall and the Kentucky Hydroelectric Project in Grand Rivers.

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Tomorrow is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, commemorating the failure of Pennsylvania’s South Fork Dam in 1889 that resulted in the deaths of 22-hundred people. 

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now reducing the amount of water flowing through Barkley and Kentucky dams. Because of recent heavy rainfall, the pools at the dams will begin to rise well above normal for this time of year.

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Work has completed on the first wave of construction on a new navigational lock at Kentucky Dam.

Crews on Wednesday topped out the last of nine massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the new lock. Those nine were part of a $97 million contract awarded in 2010. A remaining 52 monoliths need to be built, but work hasn’t been contracted yet due to sluggish funding.

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  Waterway advocates are optimistic about the state of funding for construction on two major lock and dam projects aimed at improving river traffic in the region.

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A major milestone was achieved Wednesday in the completion of a new navigational lock at the Kentucky Dam.

Crews finished work on the first of 61 massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the lock. Once completed, the new lock will free up the bottleneck in traffic on the Tennessee River.

WKMS Documentary Wins National Journalism Award

Apr 16, 2014

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced today that the WKMS News Documentary “Kentucky Dam – Power for the People” produced by Todd Hatton and Chad Lampe, is a recipient of a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism. 

Listen to the documentary, Kentucky Dam: Power For The People.

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