County to receive FEMA funding for flood damage
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Because of the recent flooding, during which Lake Barkley reached its highest ever levels, Trigg County is eligible to receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

On Thursday, representatives from FEMA and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management were in Trigg County to assess the damage from the floods and the storms.

Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said damage from the flooding is assessed at more than $40,000, which qualifies the county for federal emergency funding. He also said several areas of the county were toured, including Land Between the Lakes and Lake Barkley State Park.

Bridges on Ky. 1585 near the Ky. 272 intersection and on Adams Mill Road were also investigated, said Humphries. The one-lane bridge on Ky. 1585, which is also known as South Montgomery Road, suffered damage to the roadwork and the header walls, with a state inspector expected to look at the bridge within the next week. The road approach to Ben Adams Bridge suffered extensive damage as well.

According to Humphries, a number of automatic water meters owned by the Barkley Lake Water District and Cadiz Water Department, which aren’t designed to stay submerged under water for an extended period of time, were also included in the report.

Humphries said work on the claim will begin soon, adding that while damage from the flooding was nowhere as extensive as the ice storm that crippled the area two years ago, that experience will help the county with this current claim.

The federal assistance will be conducted through the local governments but doesn’t include individual assistance, added Humphries.

Although the water has receded considerable, as of Monday there were parts of four county roads and one state road left underwater in the county, said Randy Wade of Trigg County Emergency Management.

Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said there are no roads underwater in the city, although cleanup is slow because they are waiting on the ground to dry up some more. He added that they are “in good shape” at the water and sewer plants.

West Cadiz Park re-opened last Tuesday, although a layer of sediment remains on most of the roads, trees and benches.

Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said anyone with debris from the flooding and storms, such as limbs, trees and yard cleanup material, should drop it off at the Trigg County Road Department, located at 2759 Hopkinsville Road. It will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday until further notice.
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