Locally heavy rainfalls totaling over 6 inches fell in the lower Big Sandy Area at locations in southeast Kentucky and Western Virginia July 26-28. Just two weeks early Buchanan County, VA had received over 7 inches of rain in three hours resulting in significant flooding at Fishtrap Lake. This current rainfall event resulted in additional heavy flash flooding throughout the region, include flooding Corps of Engineers Campgrounds at Dewey and Fishtrap Lakes in Kentucky and John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir in Virginia. The USFS Campground at North Fork of Pound River Lake also flooded.
Managers, rangers and maintenance staff at these projects coordinated flood risk reduction efforts with local lessees, partners, and state and local governments. Additionally, staff at these projects worked to evacuate and close Corps facilities, notify public and partners of impending flooding to ensure public safety while continuing to maintain operational capability.
Administrative and ranger staff made updated the public through social media as well as worked with Public Affairs to ensure widest dissemination of necessary information. Maintenance staff ensured operability as well as project readiness, ensured equipment and facilities were in working order and assisted other staff and entities with evacuations of facilities. Staff continues to monitor lake levels and river gages as well as work project flood clean-up and make assessments while preparing for another potential flooding event this upcoming weekend.