Rains halt creek repairs in county

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

The deluge that dumped another 4.5 inches of rain onto parts of the Trimble County Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8-9, has frustrated repair efforts in some county creeks damaged by torrential rains Aug. 4.

All the work completed so far to remove rock washed down into Corn Creek and repair its banks was basically reversed, Trimble County Judge-Executive Randy Stevens said Monday.

“Corn Creek was all but done,” Stevens said. He estimated the project was about 90 percent complete when the rains returned Thursday. Now it’s back to about 40 percent completed, he said.

Similar work being done at Hardy Creek near U.S. 42 East wasn’t quite as far along, but also was thwarted by the recent rain, Stevens said, adding that work at Pryors Fork near Nicholas Road and on an unnamed tributary to Barebone Creek along Hensley Road was completed.

Engineers and other staff of the Lexington office of the Natural Resources Conservation Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, visited the county Saturday to document the damage done to the project, Stevens said. They are working to determine the additional costs for repairing the new damage.

They also are assessing if more work will be needed at the sites where the work had been completed.

In the meantime, work at Hardy Creek, Corn Creek and the Barebone tributary near Deans Road has been suspended, Stevens said.

NRCS originally committed about $550,000 for the repairs, estimated to cost between $750,000 and $900,000. Another $137,000 in state grants also had been earmarked for the project, with another $100,000 coming from county coffers.

Stevens said he also is in the process of submitting requests for additional funding to federal and state agencies.