Work in progress to prevent flooding on Depot Road
By Pat Thomann, Editor
Work began in early June to correct a problem that the residents of Jennings and Depot Roads in Lake City Kentucky have had to deal with for a long time. Livingston County District#2 Magistrate Franklin Walker has been working for over a year with the U.S. Corp of Engineers to try to acquire a grant to pay for needed improvements that would alleviate flooding on those roads when the Cumberland River below Barkley Dam rises.
Although a Grant never came through for the project, Mike Looney with the Corp of Engineers contacted Mr. Walker and informed him that the Corp finally had available funding for the project. The estimated cost of the project is $453,000.
The First Phase of the project began in early June with the installation of a large drain line that would divert water into the Cumberland River. The only thing left to finalize that project is the installation of screens to prevent debris from getting into the lines and clogging the system.
On the discharge section of the drain line a flapper is being installed to prevent water from flowing back through the line and flooding the Depot Road area. The flapper will remain exposed and dry until water reaches approximately 318 feet. When that happens, the flapper will be pushed into place and water will not be allowed to flow from the river back through the drain as it has done in the past. At this point, the only way flooding can occur in the affected areas is if an extremely large amount of rainfall occurs in a short period of time. However; if this occurs the county has several resources that can supply pumps that will pump the water out before it becomes a problem.
Mr. Walker is very excited and says, “The people affected by previous flooding can now go to sleep at night knowing they are protected. I am thrilled that I was a part of getting this project done for this community.”
Mike Looney with the Corp of Engineers says, “This has been a good partnership with the Corp, Franklin Walker and Livingston County to get this job done. Nothing is assured as far as flood waters but we are better prepared to take care of any issues that arise.”
Some routine maintenance will have to be done on a regular basis. The flapper and drain will have to be inspected often to make sure it is free of rocks and debris. The target date for completion is August 19th if the weather cooperates.