Office of the Attorney General
Statement from Attorney General Jack Conway

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 03, 2011  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Conway issued the following statement today in the wake of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision on May 2, 2011 to implement its flood plan to protect parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois from potentially catastrophic flooding. The plan was the subject of a federal lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Attorney General Conway intervened in the suit to protect residents in Fulton County and other areas of Western Kentucky threatened by rising flood waters.

"With so many families in harm’s way due to historic flooding, I support the Army Corps of Engineers decision last night to detonate the Birds Point levee along the Mississippi River in Missouri. Although there is no perfect solution in the face of a disaster such as this, I believe the decision to breach this levee, permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court, will save lives and prevent significant property damage in Kentucky.

My thoughts and prayers are now with the many families in Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by rising flood waters."

Jack Conway
Kentucky Attorney General