Water Resources of the United States
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:55:48 EST
Summary: Moderate flooding continues in Kentucky.
The front stalled over the Ohio River yesterday is now moving to the east of Kentucky. Portions of the state continue to experience moderate category flooding. A moderate category flood is expected to move down the Ohio River over the next week with the potential for major category flooding along the lower reach. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing from Kentucky and Barkley Lakes in the lower Ohio River basin to draw those lakes down as far as possible in order to maximize their storage. They need that storage to try and lower the forecast crest in the lower 50 miles of the Ohio River, particularly at Cairo, IL.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, Murray office, has 2 crews (4 people) in flood response today. One of those crews will be making special discharge measurements from a manned boat downstream of Kentucky Lake at the request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps are releasing large volumes of water from this reservoir and want to ensure their gate ratings are accurate. The Louisville office also has 9 people out measuring today, primarily in smaller basins where backwater conditions are problematic.
One gage on the Rolling Fork River may have a compromised sensor. A crew will be onsite today to verify and install a temporary alternate stage instrument if needed. Contact with the National Weather Service, local cooperators, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is ongoing.
Kentucky Flood Table
Kentucky Flood Map