Paducah crews installing floodgates from rising Ohio River

PADUCAH, KY— Paducah city crews will start installing floodgates to protect against the rising Ohio River.

According to the city’s spokesperson the latest forecast shows the Ohio River will crest Wednesday morning, February 28 at 49 feet, but since the river is rising quicker than the forecast curve, the city of Paducah will begin installing the floodgates.

They are showing the river already higher than 48 feet, the point at which city crews planned to install the floodgates.

Sunday, February 25th, crews will start to make preparations for installation which will take several hours and then begin the floodgate installation.

Approximately 20 gates can be installed in 12 hours or less.

The City expects the floodgates to be in place for several days since the latest forecast shows the Ohio River at Paducah to hold above 48 feet until Wednesday, March 7.

The City’s pump stations are in operation due to the river level. The first pump station began operating when the river was at 27.5 feet.

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