Knox Historical Museum

History & Genealogy Center

Established 1987 in Barbourville, Kentucky
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The Barbourville Utility Company is providing 1977 flood photos and current river levels at the following web address: http://barbourville.com/flood-wall-management. See Flood Wall and River Level link at bottom of website page.

The city's floodwall was raised approximately 10 feet following the devastating 1977 flood. Torrential rain fell from April 2-5 that year, causing devastating floods across southeast Kentucky that killed 10 people.

Fifteen Kentucky counties were declared disaster areas, including Knox and neighboring counties. Though the city of Barbourville was evacuated as a precaution, sandbag-reenforced levees protecting the town held back water.

Click the following link to see photos and captions about the 1977 flood in Barbourville:

Barbourville, Kentucky's Flood of 1977

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