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Update to the Henry County Emergency Operations Center Notification

Date of News Release: 04/26/2011

(Jericho, Ky.) -- Engineers are currently engaged in the process of assessing the structural integrity of the dam at Lake Jericho located in Henry County. Upon completion of the dam's assessment, the Henry County Emergency Operations Center will determine whether continuance of the order is necessary or to discontinue evacuation. At this time, evacuation is precautionary as no breach of the dam has occurred. Notification will be made immediately after the final determination is reached.

The Henry County Emergency Operations Center can be contacted at (502) 845-5400.

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Henry County Emergency Operations Center Notification

Date of News Release: 04/25/2011

(Campbellsburg, Ky.) -- On 04-25-2011 around 3:45 P.M, the Natural Resources Conservation Service notified Henry County Emergency Management Coordinator Bruce Owens in reference to damage to the Lake Jericho Dam. Inspectors on site of the Dam reported to Bruce Owens, erosion and surface cracking to the surface of the Dam. Based on the information provided to Bruce Owens he determined that in the interest of safety, an evacuation order should be issued to the community of Sulpher Kentucky and the surrounding homes along the Little Kentucky River. With the cooperation of the Campbellsburg, and Lake Jericho Fire Department an evacuation order was given to the home owners of the residences impacted.

A shelter has been set up at the Henry County 4-H building outside of New Castle, Ky. Arrangements are being made to have an engineer respond to the Dam and conduct a further investigation to determine the exact extent of the damage.

An updated release will be forthcoming Tuesday at approximately 10:00 A. M. via press release. Questions should be directed to Bruce Owens at the Henry County Emergency Operations Center (502)845-5400 or Cell (502) 220-6014.

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