Glasgow Kentucky Flood, May 2nd 2010
This was a historic flood for Glasgow…and many parts of the US. I woke up to a Twitter alert from Glasgow Electric Plant Board, my electric company. It stated: “We have been lucky. No major outages yet. Gorin Park sub is under water and in danger of failing though.” I jumped out of bed and ran to look at the creek behind my house. It was halfway up into my backyard. My elderly neighbor has been here since the 50’s and she said that was the last time she has seen the creek flood so high. I always found it strange how the houses on my street seemed to be built higher and now I know why. That creek has some serious flood potential! Saturday, I met with The Glasgow Daily Times Editor regarding photos I'd taken during the night of a local barn burning. He wants me to continue to shoot video and possibly be freelance in the future. I am thrilled at the prospect, so decided I would head out and do my best to obtain useful photos and video of the flooding around Glasgow. It was steadily raining in many of my shots, which was a challenge, but as a spotter, it’s nothing new!
I went to Gorin Park first and started with a video and photo of the bridge on East Main Street. The flood had the majority of the park flooded. The baseball fields were underwater and just as EPB said so was the substation. The park was closed, so what photos/video I got were from the gate at the rear of the park.
Then I went to Beaver Trail since I knew it had a creek also. It was flooded extremely bad. It was also closed, but I got several photos and some video here and here. The water was up to the edge of the parking lot and also to the highway on the other end. The garage and baseball fields were underwater and also the cars parked there. They were damaged cars that looked to at least be unused and only for the firefighters that use the training facility.
I went to Weldon park and was surprised to find very little damage. The creek was flowing fast, but wasn’t flooded. The only damage was a tree washed over onto the bank and took a photo and short video. I went to Trojan Trail and the creek there was up almost to the top of the bridge flowing rapidly so I captured a photo and video.
As I was leaving Trojan, I saw a couple highway trucks flying with their lights turn and go down the road to the lake. I decided to follow and see if I could see anything. I eventually lost them, but decided to continue to Barren River Lake. It was up, but nothing as severe as I’d expected. The water was VERY dark and muddy with tons of debris floating on the surface. It was quite ugly, but nothing really inspiring to photograph. I headed back to town as the sun finally came out for a few glorious moments. It was late in the afternoon and I was tired. I went to Wal-mart to get groceries. As I was checking out, I overheard the CSM’s (managers over the cashiers) began to ask the cashiers where they lived. I found out through the door greeter, that Roseville Road was flooded and closed outside of Glasgow. I decided to make one last photo stop before heading home. I made it past Bristletown Road and hadn’t seen any flooding. Even the creek I crossed was fairly low. I was about to turn around when I saw a flashing light in the distance. As I approached the worker, I saw what I came to see. The valley to my left was flooded. A house had its lights on and was surrounded in over a foot of water. Their garages were too. The worker told me the road was closed and to turn around and leave immediately. I went to the last driveway closest to the flood so I could get at least a photo or some video. I managed a VERY short video of the water rushing over the road and the valley was completely flooded before being reminded to leave. Had he not been so persistent, I'd walked as close as safely possible for better images.
The screenshot of the road in the video of Roseville Road was used in an article in my local paper. It was published on the front page of Vol. 145 – No. 104. I guess it was one of those lucky karma things. Had I not kept going, I’d have missed that location and that shot meaning I’d not have had my photo used by the paper. This is another instance of why I always tell other photographers to NEVER leave home without a ready camera! You never know what you will see and when your photo could be useful.
Here is the full gallery of my flood photos and videos (also on Youtube): http://www.soulgazephoto.com/Galleries/Time-Travel/2010/GlasgowFlood522010