Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flood of 2011

Followers of this blog know of my fondness for Smithland, Kentucky. This old, old town was founded because of its location at the confluence of two rivers - the Ohio and Cumberland. Smithland is built high on a bluff and it would seem that the town is too high to be worried about floods. Not so. Through the years, there have been disasters when the rivers flooded the entire town. The most devastating flood was that of 1937, when thousands of people were forced from their homes.

Today Smithland is facing a similar event. Sandbagging has been going on for days.  Families, businesses and churches are removing furniture and belongings. Smithland is being evacuated. No one knows how high the river will get or how much damage will be suffered, but it is certain there will be damage. Smithland can not escape.

Please keep Smithland and its residents in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this disaster.

3 comments:

GStaples said...

Thanks for posting! Will be sending prayers their way.

Susan (Nolichucky Roots) said...

Praying for Smithland and all the communities threatened this flood season. It will be a long spring.

Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG said...

Thank you so much for your concern, thoughts and prayers. Things look a bit more promising this evening, but we will have to see how it goes tomorrow. The rain is not over.