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Joe Lynn Barbee: Eyewitness to the big Russell Creek floods



2013-08-11 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener. Joe Lynn Barbee above had first memories of the flooding patterns Russell Creek and Bull Run Creek and remembers the flood of 2010 as the worst. Sammy Kassem, who had lifetime memories of flooding at the confluence of Sulphur Creek and Russell, concurred that the waters were highest in their memory in 2010, though consulting engineers of Stantec, said this was only a 50 year flood. Mr. Barbee and Mr. Kassem offered first hand accounts of the floods, at the hearing on flooding events at a hearing on effects of a Columbia/Adair County Utilities District (CAUD) project to realign the banks of Russell Creek, with rip rapping, at the utility's wastewater plant. The hearing was held Thursday, August 8, 2013, just prior to a meeting at which CAUD gave the go-ahead to the project.
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