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FEMA to partially fund Indian Creek slab project

Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner recently announced the receipt of grant funding to replace and improve the low water crossing (slab) at Indian Creek Road, located off Ky. 368 approximately 15 miles from Owenton.

In recent years, flash flooding has destroyed the slab on multiple occasions, creating hazardous conditions for residents of the area.

The above photo shows the low water crossing on Indian Creek Road during a recent heavy rainfall event.

The current slab's drainage openings do not allow for proper flow during heavy rainfall. The upcoming project will correct the issue and reduce the occurrence of overtopping. The project will also raise the slab 24-26 inches in height, providing further protection from overtopping during wet weather events. A new cap will be poured on the slab, alleviating the danger from eroding concrete.

Owen County Public Works will perform all work for the project.

"The (current slab's) condition requires Public Works to make repairs fairly regularly, so this will save the county on some maintenance costs, as well as alleviate some of the burden for the residents of Indian Creek Road," Karsner said.

The majority of the funding (75 percent) is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Additional funding will be provided through the state of Kentucky (12 percent) and Owen County Government (13 percent). The total cost of the project is estimated at $126,800.

"The maintenance and repair of low water crossings are a top priority of Owen County Government," said Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis. "There are many crossings in Owen County like the one on Indian Creek Road that requires constant attention and are in need of replacement. We routinely monitor the condition of each one and will continue our diligent efforts to secure funding for repairs and replacements." The Owen County Fiscal Court will accept public comments regarding the project for 30 days beginning June 24, 2020. Written comments may be submitted by mail to Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, Owen County Fiscal Court, 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton, KY 40359.

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