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Flooding, Jan. 23, 2006: Does anyone remember when town isolated by water
Can anyone help with more information on Columbia's Day of Isolation
Photos Jan. 23, 2006, flooding accompany this story
By Ed Waggener
The flooding in Adair County on January 23, 2006, wasn't as bad as it was in nearby counties, some of whose school systems called off classes because of high water.
However, for Grover Gilpin, it did bring to mind a major goal he's had for the last 50 years or so. It's related to flooding.
"There was one time," he says, "I believe it was in the 1950s, when Columbia was completely isolated. Water was over every road out of town."
One of his goals is to see Columbia isolated by water again
"I've made it a goal to live until I see that happen again," he said.
He said that there might have been some traffic able to get out South KY 55. He doesn't remember for sure if Glens Fork Creek was over the road, but maintains that was still isolation because it didn't count.
The goal would seem to to assure a very long life now, as most of the highways are constructed with higher bridges than in the 50s. It is almost inconceivable that the Louie B. Nunn Parkway wouldn't be an exodus passage, even with a 100-year-downpour. This is not important, however, as the LBN doesn't count, either.
Mr. Gilpin, and many readers of ColumbiaMagazine.com would like to have more details on the Day of Isolation, if anyone can remember or has seen accounts of it.
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This story was posted on 2006-01-24 05:07:31
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