Hopkins County reservoir near residential area ranked “high hazard”

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Some people in the city of Earlington, Kentucky have high concerns after a local reservoir was rated high near a residential area.

Emergency management says neighbors shouldn’t be worried.

Every year inspectors evaluate reservoirs across the state of Kentucky and the possible risk for danger.

Loch Mary Reservoir was one of many ranked by the state as a high hazard according to Hopkins County emergency management director Nick Bailey.

“It is rated a high hazard dam we have multiple high hazard dams here in Hopkins County. The thing that makes that one unique is that there are some residents around the dam.”

People in the area say having a high hazard reservoir is unsettling.

However, Bailey says the given name for the ranking is misleading.

“Just because its rated high hazard does not mean that it is going to imminently fail. It just means that if it does fail there is potential for loss of life.”

Hopkins county doesn’t have an emergency plan in case a catastrophic event happens.

According to Bailey, the responsibility of producing an emergency plan falls on the city of Earlington.

Although the state of Kentucky does not require cities to have a plan, it is recommended.

Mayor Philip Hunt says one is in the works.

“I guess we’re probably in the preliminary stages were getting all of our facts and figures straight before we start on that.”

Hunt says even without a plan he’s not worried.

“That dam is over 90 years old and we have maintained that dam over the past 90 years. I’m not afraid of it I don’t think we’re going to have a catastrophic event we are on that dam every day we look for hazards,” says Hunt.

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