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Buckhorn, Carr Creek dams operating as intended, providing flood damage reduction

Louisville District
Published July 28, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District is monitoring the dams at Buckhorn Lake, Buckhorn, Kentucky, and Carr Creek Lake, Sassafras, Kentucky, following flash flooding which has occurred in the area over the last 12-24 hours.

The Buckhorn and Carr Creek Dams on the Middle Fork and the North Fork, respectively, of the Kentucky River are currently storing water and providing a reduction to the flooding occurring downstream. The dams are structurally sound and operating as intended.

At this time, all USACE recreational areas at both Buckhorn and Carr Creek Lakes are temporarily closed until further notice.

The Corps is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to keep the community informed.

Buckhorn and Carr Creek Lakes are part of an overall system of reservoirs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The system is designed to minimize flood damages by storing water caused by heavy rains until the rivers and streams are at levels that releases from the reservoirs will not cause additional flooding downstream. At this time, these Lakes are still providing flood damage reduction benefits.

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