Pike County residents on hook for flood repair

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pike County taxpayers may have to pay more than $135,000 stemming from flood recovery projects that were performed with no promise of federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service was one of the first agencies responding after flood waters swept through eastern Kentucky in July. They were examining areas to see if the Emergency Watershed Program could fund restructuring of the county's creeks.

But Jack Kuhn, with the Kentucky office of NRCS, told the Appalachian News-Express that Pike County's District 1 Magistrate Jeff Anderson refused to let them work in his district and that the work was done by contractors without the agency's involvment.

Anderson this week denied those claims, but the newspaper reported that the county is waiting to see whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for the work or county taxpayers are responsible.

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