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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 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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Flooding, Jan. 23, 2006: East 80 Bridge, Columbia, Adair CO, KY

2006-01-23 - First E. KY 80 Bridge, Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. A buildup of debris under the bridge on East Ky 80, near the limits of the City of Columbia, was impeding water flow. Russell Creek was out of its banks in many places, and here is just a few feet from overflowing East 80.
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Flooding, Jan. 23, 2006: Real close to Columbia Sewer Plant

2006-01-23 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Staff. Russell Creek was well out of its banks Monday morning, January 23, 2006 at around 9:00 a.m., when this photo was taken of the swollen river as it rose near the massive Columbia Utilities Sewage Treatment Plant, only a small portion of which is show above.The photo was shot from the edge of the North-End-of-Wall-Street cliff, looking across the Russell Heights area and beyond. Gobblers Knob Ridge line is in the right background.
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Flooding, Jan. 23, 2006: Real close to Columbia Sewer Plant, Downriver

2006-01-24 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo staff. This view from the North-End-of-Wall-Street-Cliff shows more of the Columbia Utilities Commission Sewer Treatment plant, looking downriver. The houses across the stream are in Russell Heights. The ridgeline in the background includes some of Crestview, or Rice Addition, and extends northeastward toward Sandusky Steel.
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