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Scott County Creek Back Open After Sewage Spill, But Closure Hurt Some Local Businesses

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jun 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 23:50:35-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Elkhorn Creek in Scott County is safe again after a sewage spill last weekend closed the popular swimming and boating areas.

The closure impacted local businesses during what should have been a busy kick off to summer.

“It just dramatically cut our business in half, people pull up here in a boat and want to launch and unable to,” said David Rodgers.

David Rodgers owns feared by fish bait shop. The health of the creek, he says, has a direct impact on his livelihood.

“It means everything. we’re right here on the creek and without this facility and the launch site being open, it cuts our business down dramatically,” said Rodgers.

But this weekend, he says, things have turned around.

Scott County’s emergency management director says levels in the creek are now safe enough for all activities. That means boating, fishing and in some places, swimming.

Rodgers says rain helped the creek recover quickly, and people are taking advantage of the nice weather.

“You can see the fish that’s been caught today, the boats behind us, kayakers are in here, canoes are here. I think things are normal,” said Rodgers.

After an unpredictable Memorial Day weekend, Rodgers says “normal” feels good.