Bourbon from Jim Beam facility making its way into Ohio River


Bourbon mixes with water in the Kentucky River, Wednesday, July 3, 2019, following an overnight fire at a Jim Beam distillery in Woodford County, Ky. Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday. (Pat McDonogh/Courier Journal via AP)

KENTUCKY – Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam Warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River.

Kentucky state environmental officials say they’re assessing wildlife impacts and doing fish kill counts along the waterways near the Woodford County facility.

The Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet posted on social media that an “alcohol plume” from the Bourbon runoff in the Kentucky river is 23 miles long.

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility was unfazed by the news of the Bourbon plume entering the Ohio River.

A water department spokesperson doesn’t expect this to impact local customers but says they will monitor the situation.

They believe the Bourbon will dissipate before it reaches Evansville.

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(This story was originally published on July 8, 2019)

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