The Huntington District participated in a Project Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony for the Pike-Levisa Section 202 Project at the Pike County Fiscal Court in Pikeville, Ky.
Colonel Jayson Putnam joined U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, Pike County Fiscal Court Judge Executive Ray Jones and other local and state leaders for the ceremonial signing of the agreement for flood proofing the City of Coal Run in Pike County.
“Protecting the public is our top priority. The focus here is on the danger of flooding on the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River; residents here know all too well how devastating that can be,” said Col. Jayson Putnam, Commander of the Huntington District. “The Corps of Engineers has taken great pride in partnering with Congressional leadership, the Pike County Fiscal Court, the Kentucky Department of Local Government, local residents, businesses and other public facilities. Our first steps will be to design and construct the Coal Run Village Flood Risk Management Project, which includes a floodwall, gate closures and a pump station.”
The Huntington District has shared a long-term partnership with the Pike County and its local communities dating back to the early 1980’s. The very first 202 project was the installation of two flood gate closures for the City of Pikeville, which was part of a greater project that relocated U.S. 23 and the Levisa Fork. Huntington District Partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission, KY Transportation Cabinet, and local governments to complete the project. Huntington District has also been a partner with the Pike County Fiscal Court, since the early 1990’s, where we’ve implemented flood mitigation measures in the Pike County Tug Fork Basin area. The Pike-Levisa project is still on-going.
Huntington District has also partnered with the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) to work with local Kentucky communities in the 202 project area to provide financial assistance to implement these projects.
The Pike-Levisa Project covers all areas within the footprint of the 1977 flood event within the Levisa Fork watershed in Pike County. There are 154 miles of streams in the floodplains of 12 streams. The project area includes a portion of Pikeville, Coal Run Village, Elkhorn City, and unincorporated areas in Pike County.
The project consists of structural and nonstructural measures along the Levisa Fork mainstem and tributaries including a proposed combination floodwall/levee located around a portion of Coal Run Village, and the voluntary floodproofing, acquisition or relocation of nearly 2,000 structures, including 6 public facilities – schools, libraries and fire stations.