More rain could cause spillway flow at Cave Run Lake

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ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s keeping a close eye on Cave Run Reservoir near Morehead after the lake reached record pool today. It’s concerned that additional heavy rainfall could lead to spillway flow over the weekend.

Officials say that if it were to happen, the town of Farmers could see water levels comparable to what they were in early April. They say spillway flow could also impact the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery below the dam.

In a news release, the Corps says, "The lake project is working as designed to hold back water until streams such as the Licking River can take additional releases from the lake without adding to flood levels. The Licking River at Blue Lick Springs, a control point for governing releases from Cave Run Reservoir, continues to rise. The Corps will continue to release low levels from the lake until the releases can be increased based on the downstream levels."

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The Corps says it’s working with Kentucky Emergency Management, as well as state and local officials to monitor the high pool levels and prepare for more rain.

USACE is asking citizens around Farmers to watch local weather forecasts and NOAA weather alert radios. The Corps says people should be prepared to leave the area, if necessary.

"We are in frequent contact with our partners at the USACE, and Kentucky Emergency Management is prepared to offer any support if requested," said Mike Dossett, KYEM Director. "This is a good time for everyone to review their emergency plan."

For a recorded message on lake levels and additional information, call Cave Run Lake at 606-783-7001. And the Cave Run Lake Office can be contacted weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.at 606-784-9709.