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Culvert fails in Town Creek flash flooding more often now

2016-12-19 - Foot of Jamestown Hill, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
Scarcely anyone but first responders knew Sunday morning that the Saturday, December 17, 2016 storm, accompanied by heavy rains, produced flooding on Jamestown Street when this culvert again failed to handle the runoff. Such overflows seem to be happening with increased frequency with suspected culprits increased hard surface building on Jamestown, Tutt, and Hurt Streets coupled with decreased vegetation to slow the run off, or perhaps, climate change. Fortunately on Saturday night, Columbia and Adair County's First Responders did a magnificent job of handle the potentially dangerous situation in an efficient, effective manner, while most slept through it, completely unaware of the well organized effort of Columbia Police and the Adair County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police; the Adair 911, Adair County Rescue Squad, the Columbia City Street Department, the Adair County Road Department, and the KY Transportation Cabinet's Adair County Crew, to name just a few. - EW

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