During Monday’s (10-15-2018) special called meeting of the Paintsville City Council, Mayor Bill Mike Runyon and council members spent time discussing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ongoing research and development of the flood mitigation plan for the $118 million in federal funding that has been secured for the city. Mayor Runyon told those present that he had been in meetings last week with US Army Corp engineers, who had proposed three possible plans for the flood mitigation plan. The three plans included:
(1) 12 to 15 foot high floodwall along both sides of Paint Creek,
(2) Installation of a closure station at the mouth of the Paint Creek and the Levisa Fork with nearby floodwalls and a pump station
(3) A closure station with shorter walls of 3 to 5 feet on Paint Creek wherever needed.
Mayor Runyon told the council that another alternative “nonstructural” plan had also been discussed which would include possible property buyouts, flood-proofing, relocating and elevating existing properties. Mayor Runyon said the “best” option the US Army Corp chooses would depend primarily on cost effectiveness. Runyon reminded everyone that the $118 million had been secured and set aside for the project by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, but any additional money over the $118 million, could not be guaranteed. Mayor Runyon said whatever plan is chosen for Paintsville, it is the hope that it will cut down on residents’ flood insurance and/or possibly take the residents of Paintsville completely out of the flood plain.