KY 15 closing in Breathitt Co. as floodwaters near crest of Panbowl Dam

WKYT Team Coverage | Breathitt County
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 8:41 PM EDT
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JACKSON, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials said KY 15 will be closed beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday as a precaution as floodwaters from the North Fork of the Kentucky River approach the top of Panbowl Dam.

The closure is at milepoint 17.7 within the city limits of Jackson, between Lakeside Drive and the KY 15/KY 30 intersection.

KYTC crews will be at the site to monitor the situation overnight.

Emergency response vehicles will be allowed through unless water from the river starts flowing across the embankment.

KYTC crews did tell us earlier the concern is that water will rise over the dam, not that the dam will fail.

State officials are also recommending that homes and businesses in the floodplain of Panbowl Lake be evacuated. Records indicate there are approximately 110 homes, 13 businesses, two churches, a school and a hospital that could be impacted by the flooding, according to KYTC.

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