By: Ralph B. DavisManaging Editor
December 5, 2012
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Pike County is flood prone, and its residents are no strangers to dealing with high waters.
Homeowners in many areas of the county will be, as a result of re-mapping by the federal government, now considered to live in a floodplain.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program, has re-mapped Pike County’s floodplain areas and residents in the newly zoned creeks and hollows are urged to buy flood insurance before the new map takes effect in April of 2013.
In an effort to inform those residents who will live in the new floodplain as a result of the re-mapping, the Pike County Government will sponsor a community open house meeting in an effort to notify all those who will be affected on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. in the fiscal court room.
A release from Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford’s office stated the event was to allow residents to “review maps and have their address entered into a database that will determine if they will be considered in the new floodplain.”
“The flood of Mother’s Day 2009 and the July flood in 2010 were the same type of flood,” Rutherford said. “The floods of 2009-2010 were widespread creek and stream floods, which created some new floodplains. If it’s determined you’re in the new floodplain, go buy flood insurance now while it’s inexpensive.”
At the Dec. 18 meeting, county officials will be attendance, along with Carey Johnson, Kentucky Flood Map Coordinator from the Division of Water, representatives from FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partners in Kentucky and the engineering firms that the federal government contracted to create the new maps.
“People need to purchase flood insurance now, if not it will be three or four times higher if they wait until the new map takes effect,” Pike County Floodplain Coordinator Jimmy Kiser said. “Parts of the county that were never flooded will be considered in a floodplain and will be listed.”
On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 extending the National Flood Insurance Program’s authority through Sept. 30, 2017.
Rutherford added that it was important that residents recently taken into the floodplain to take advantage of the community forum and find out if they will be living in the new floodplain.
The following is comprehensive list of places taken into the floodplain as a result of the recent re-mapping:
• Island Creek, both forks, Compton Branch, Raccoon Branch
• Hurricane Creek, to the county line
• Turkey Creek, South Williamson
• Forest Hills
• Mullen Fork (Tierney)
• Coburn Hollow
• Runyons Branch
• All of Pond Creek past Ballfork
• Dial Branch, Blackberry
• Narrows Branch, Hardy
• Mudlick, Hardy
• Blackberry Fork, Hardy
• Hatfield Branch/Toler Road
• Peter Branch/Peter Fork Road
• Right Fork, Blackberry
• Left Fork, Blackberry
• Rockhouse Branch of Right Fork, Blackberry
• Old House Branch of Left Fork, Blackberry
• Little Blue Springs
• Barrenshee Creek
• Right Fork, Peter Creek
• Poplar Creek
• Big Branch off Tug Fork, Woodman Road
• Turkey Creek at Stopover/Knox Creek
• Lower Elk
• Andy Trent Branch off Tug Fork, east of Knox Creek
• Pounding Mill off Tug Fork, east of Knox Creek
• Fords Branch
• Upper Johns Creek Road to Gabriel Branch
• Calloway Branch, Right Fork of Peter Creek
• Road Fork, Right Fork of Peter Creek
• Beech Creek
• Left Fork of Peter Creek
• Smith Fork
• Paw Paw
• Hurricane Creek off Knox Creek
• Camp Creek
• Middle Elk