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Emergency Management Officials Close To Reopening Access To Elkhorn Creek Areas

Posted at 3:21 PM, May 27, 2019

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– In Scott County, Emergency Management officials said they’re close to opening up some popular fishing, boating, and swimming spots after a sewage spill in the Elkhorn Creek.

Jennifer Brown said she visited Scott County Park on Memorial Day since her favorite fishing hole is closed. Thousands of gallons of sewage leaked into North Elkhorn Creek Saturday.

“I usually fish at the Oser Park landing where you have the boat ramp,” she said.

Scott County Emergency Management officials said that roughly 100,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the creek. They stress that is a high estimate, but with sewage, they’d rather be safe than sorry.

“We erring on the side of caution,” said Michael Hennigan the Director of Scott County Emergency Management.

They’ve closed access to the creek at Great Crossing Park, Oser’s Landing, and Cardome. Hennigan said that city and state officials have tested the water. They say they’re getting close.

“As soon as I get those hard number results on what’s in the creek then we can make the final decision when we can open all these places,” he said.

Although he hopes to open up access to the creek soon, he said that he would not eat fish out of the creek so soon.

Brown told LEX 18 that she is ready to fish in the Elkhorn for fun, not necessarily for food.

“I only do catch and release I don’t keep anything, I don’t eat anything,” said Brown.