Pike County Flood Plain Expanding

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Many residents in Pike County are no stranger to dealing with flooding.

Now, as the result of re-mapping by the federal government, many more homeowners will live in a flood plain.

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, according to a release from Pike County Judge Executive Wanye T. Rutherford.

In an effort to identify and inform those residents who will live in the new floodplain, there will a community meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. in the fiscal courtroom.

“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.”

At the Dec. 18 meeting, representatives from FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partners in Kentucky, Carey Johnson, Kentucky Flood Map Coordinator from the Division of Water, representatives from the engineering firms who the federal government contracted to create the new maps and county officials will be in attendance. 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)
 Pinsonfork
 Coburn Hollow
 Ballfork
 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

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