Video Chronicles KYTC Flood Recovery Effortseditor@aashto.org March 3, 2023 0 COMMENTS
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently released a video chronicling its efforts over the last six months to help eastern areas of the state recovery from historic flooding that swamped the region starting in July 2022.
[Above photo by KYTC]
“We utilized every tool the state could access to get people back in their homes,” noted KYTC Secretary Jim Gray at the time. “We are in this for the long haul and won’t quit until we have built back what was lost to this tragic event.”
For the first two to three weeks after the flooding, KYTC crews focused on removed debris while re-opening roads and bridges where possible – repairing and replacing damaged bridges with temporary structures where needed.
To date, the agency has repaired 13 bridges and replaced another 33 structures due to severe flood damage.
KYTC crews have also removed over 403,000 tons of debris from waterways and rights-of-way in Eastern Kentucky so far as part of its flood cleanup efforts – including 48 damaged vehicles – and cleared 615 miles of streams and creeks.
Recovery efforts also included establishing “pop up” licensing centers so flood victims could get new identification credentials. KYTC also assisted in providing temporary housing for residents who lost their homes to the storm waters, using over 300 mobile trailers as part of that housing effort.