BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Flooding in Knox County has reached levels that people have not seen in many years.
The Cumberland River crested late Monday morning at 37.5 feet, leaving Kentucky 11 and Thompson Park covered in water. The river's water level fell nearly ten feet Tuesday, and is expected to fall below the minor flood stage by Tuesday evening.
The Knox County Sheriff says several roads are still flooded, including Highway 11 near Heidrick, as well as Highway 459 near Bull Run Road.
People tell WKYT that this could have been a lot worse if not for measures taken years ago to address flooding in the city of Barbourville.
"Since the canal, the diversion channel, was opened in 1986, we have not had any major floods, so there’s been some 37, 38 similar to today,” said longtime Barbourville resident Rendell Young.
State police were given boxes of food to give to people. They will get those to people in need as they are out patrolling.
The boxes were donated by the Christian Appalachian Project and contain non-perishable items.
The local fire department did have to get in boats and rescue someone very early Monday morning. A lady who lives in one of the houses on the other side of the flooding on Kentucky 11 was suffering a medical issue and had to get to the hospital.