Lake Barkley to be used to store water, help mitigate Ohio River flood

LYON COUNTY, KY — Lake Barkley will be used to help mitigate the ongoing flood event on the Ohio River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District says starting Friday, releases are being reduced from Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River in Kuttawa.

The reduced release will help lower the crest of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers reducing the flood risk for cities such as Paducah and Cairo.

The water will instead start to collect in Lake Barkley. Communities along the Cumberland River in Lyon and Trigg Counties in Kentucky, and Stewart and Montgomery Counties in Tennessee, should expect the river to continue rising into next week.

The Corps of Engineers is expecting the lake to rise to a maximum elevation of 365 to 368 feet. This is 11 to 14 feet higher than the typical winter elevation and 6 to 9 feet higher than the typical summer elevation.  The Corps says it will not store water above its flooding easement.

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