High water in the Kentucky River this past weekend caused a private dock across from Madison County between Boonesborough and Clays Ferry to break free from its moorings, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The dock and a 40-foot houseboat attached to it floated 167 miles down the Kentucky River and entered the Ohio River before being tied up at an Indiana marina.
The dock was believed to be rather old, said Lt. Chris Pince of the Coast Guard’s Ohio Valley Sector.
River levels were so high the dock and houseboat overtopped several Kentucky River dams as they drifted toward the larger stream.
“This is not an infrequent occurrence,” Pince said. “It happens periodically throughout the year, especially when the weather conditions as they were this weekend.”
The breakaway dock and houseboat drifted down the Kentucky River over night, then met with the Ohio River and it was tied away at Eagle Hollow Marina in Indiana, he said.
Coast Guard officials worked with local authorities to monitor the boat, ensuring that nobody was on board and no damage was done to bridges, Pince said.
The houseboat owner from Winchester, who was away on vacation, was contacted immediately, he added.
“The owner is now working with the Indiana marina to salvage the vessel and get it back to its original location,” Pince said.