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Logjam at Harrod’s Creek Cleared

Tuesday June 21, 2011

Boats can once again pass through both sides of channel

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 22, 2011) – Work to remove a massive logjam that blocked a portion of Harrod’s Creek near U.S. Highway 42 is nearly complete, allowing boaters to once again access the Ohio River.

Metro Public Works and Assets worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to secure funding through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, under the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to remove the logjam. The EWP program funds 75-percent of the work needed to remove the debris. The remaining 25-percent was funded by Metro Councilman Kelly Downard, (R-District 16).

Grasshoppers Landscaping & Tree Service, Inc. was selected to remove the large trees, limbs and other debris that gathered during recent flooding, clogging the creek. The company hauled away 35 loads of material. The debris was taken offsite and ground into mulch.

“I am pleased that this logjam has been cleared,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Our waterways are a vital part of this community and we want to ensure our citizens are able to use and enjoy them.”

Public Works is continuing to work with the USDA to secure funding for two additional logjams, one on Harrod’s Creek and one on Floyds Fork.