Debris cleanup begins in eastern Kentucky waterways
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 3:23 PM
Governor Andy Beshear today announced that crews will begin clearing flood debris this weekend from waterways in eastern Kentucky counties that were hit by devastating floods three weeks ago.
“Most of the debris left over from the recent flood disaster ended up in local waterways. Removing it will help entire communities recover from one of the most traumatic events of our lifetimes. This is a very important step above.
Ashbulit, a state-owned company that has won contracts to remove and dispose of land debris across 13 counties of declared disaster areas, is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Water to clear waterways. To identify piles of rubble. Priority is given to large objects that may pose a hazard to bridges and other structures. Work will begin Saturday in Letcher County on waterways adjacent to KY 317, KY 343 and KY 805.
“Debris in our waterways poses a health risk, and more heavy rains in the region will increase the risk of further flooding,” said Transport Secretary Jim Gray. “Ashbulit will send a large crew to clean up the channel, which could take weeks to complete.”
Gray said workers often have to go through private property to reach creeks and creeks. “We want residents to be aware of this and thank them for their understanding and willingness to give the crew room to work.”
Traffic delays are expected as crews pass through the area. Drivers are asked to slow down and make room for heavy equipment on the road. Residents are asked not to walk through the rubble pile at the collection point due to safety hazards that pose health and safety risks.
Residents can call the debris hotline at 855-336-2337 to report debris that needs to be picked up from roads and waterways.