Water companies monitoring river levels during drought

As we approach 40 days with no measurable rainfall, water levels in streams and rivers across eastern Kentucky continue to fall.  That has prompted officials with water companies to keep a close eye on their intake structures.  On Thursday, officials with Southern Water in Floyd County used an excavator to push the intake screens an additional six to eight inches in the water in the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River at Allen to ensure there will be no issues with water service due to the drought.  In Pikeville, officials with Utility Management Group say the river level has not fallen to a point where any action is being considered.  UMG officials say they are in contact with the US Army Corps of Engineers at both Flannagan Dam in Virginia and Fishtrap Dam in Pike County to monitor river levels.

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