Archive: July, 2016
  • July

    Miter gate lift at the Greenup Locks and Dam

    Crews working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lifted the first of two Miter Gates into place on July 29, 2016, at the Greenup Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Greenup, Ky. The gates, which are part of the Main Lock Chamber at Greenup, open and close to allow tows and other boat traffic to enter or exit the lock chamber. Each gate weighs approximately 250 tons. This is the first time the gates have been replaced since Greenup went into operation in 1959.
  • West Virginia Flooding

    The Huntington District’s Water Management Team supported the District’s response to the significant precipitation event which stretched from North of Columbus across Central West Virginia and resulted in historic flooding. The precipitation ranged from 3-9 inches across West Virginia. Camden on the Gauley, and Webster Springs experienced the highest stages ever recorded. The point precipitation that occurred at White Sulphur Springs was greater than the 1000 year event. Of significance, Summersville and Sutton Dams operations resulted in reductions of 12 feet at Belva, 10 feet at Kanawha Falls, 8 feet in Charleston, 4 feet at Frametown, 2 feet at Clay, and 1.5 feet at Webster Springs. The flooding has caused severe damage and destruction to homes and businesses across the state and stranded multiple individuals, requiring evacuations and rescues. To date, 24 fatalities were caused by the storms; a Presidential Disaster Declaration was initially issued for 3 counties and then an additional 7 were added.