Crews to install 12 floodgates in Paducah

The city of Paducah says crews from Engineering-Public Works, Parks Services and local fire departments will install 12 of the city’s 47 floodgates on Saturday in anticipation of rising river levels. 

The city noted that the National Weather Service River Forecast Center predicts a crest of 47.5 feet for Monday, Jan. 4. That’s lower than an earlier forecast of 49 feet. However, Engineer-Public Works Director Rick Murphy says Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are holding back water, and they’ll eventually need to increase the water they release into the Ohio River. The city will have the gates in place in case that causes the river to rise.

“These gates are being installed to protect Paducah since the Ohio River will be holding at or near this high level for quite a while," Murphy said. "We are looking at a long period of vulnerability.”

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