Gov. Beshear announced that crews soon will begin removing flood debris from waterways in the eastern Kentucky counties that suffered catastrophic flooding three weeks ago

Louisville, KY – According to Gov. Beshear, AshBritt, a national company that was awarded the contract to remove and dispose of land debris throughout the 13-county declared disaster area, also will be clearing the waterways in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Division of Water, which will be responsible for identifying debris piles.

Priority will be given to large objects that pose a potential hazard to bridges and other structures. Work will begin Saturday in Letcher County in waterways adjacent to KY 317, KY 343 and KY 805.

Secretary Gray said work crews in many cases will have to go through private property to reach the creek or stream. 

Traffic delays are expected as crews pass through areas.

Motorists are asked to slow down and give heavy equipment room on the road. Residents are asked not to go through debris piles at collection sites due to safety hazards that pose health and safety risks.

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