FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented the Jackson County Fiscal Court with $100,000 in funding to pay for overruns associated with the completion of a flood control project that will help eliminate flooding problems in downtown McKee.
"The citizens of Jackson County should have the peace and comfort of knowing that we are doing what we can to protect their homes from flooding," said Governor Ernie Fletcher. "I'm pleased that this funding will complete the third phase of a flood control project on Pigeon Roost Creek."
Funding will pay for the installation of Floodwater Retarding Structure (FRS) No. 3. The dam will have an earthen embankment with an impounded normal pool area of 3.1 acres. The construction of FRS No. 3 will decrease the frequency and depth of flooding occurring to 14 residences and 34 businesses with an annual reduction of damages estimated at $155,317.
Previous flooding in the area has appeared with little to no warning due to the steep local terrain. Light flooding impacts yards and temporarily blocks local streets and roads. More severe floods have damaged streets, roads, bridges and private residences. Businesses, government buildings and churches have all sustained flood-related damages.
"Our residents won't have to worry about flooding when we get heavy rain in McKee," said Sen. Tom Jensen (R-London). "The final phase of this project will allow our residents and businesses to go about their lives knowing their property is safe."
"Flooding in McKee has long been a problem, and I'm proud to say that we can finally finish the flood control project," said Rep. Marie Rader (R-McKee). "The funding will give nearly fifty residents and business owners peace of mind the next time there is significant rain in our area, something they have not had for a long time."
The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program provides grant funding to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the United States Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from flood prone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures above the floodplain. The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects. Funding is available to cities, counties and special districts. The State Flood Control Matching Grant Program is administered by the Governor's Office for Local Development.