Glenmary Farm Flooded Once Again

Posted: 7/21/2010

Glenmary Farm flood in Vanceburg, Ky., 2010

Water from the Kiniconnick Creek that runs by the Glenmary Farm rose quickly on July 21, 2010, after Lewis County and the entire Eastern Kentucky region received over six inches of rain in less than 24 hours. (For photos of the flood, visit the Glenmary Farm's Facebook page.)

Over six feet of water once again invaded the buildings on the Farm, which had just been restored following a similar flood on May 2 of this year. Although different regions of the county were affected by each flood, some areas, like the Farm, were impacted by both floods.

A group from St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, and volunteers from St. Jude Catholic Church in Hixson, Tenn., were at the Farm when the waters started to rise. Farm managers made sure all the volunteers were moved off of the Farm property before the rising waters made the road impassable. The groups returned home the following morning when the waters had receded.

"The Farm Managers did an excellent job in preparing for this flood even though the waters rose very quickly," says Joe Grosek, director of the volunteer program headquarted at the Farm."

As this flood rose and receded faster than the May flood, cleanup has been easier as there isn't as much mud to remove.

Others throughout Lewis County were not as fortunate. Some, just recovering from the May flood were devastated once again on July 21. There was extensive damage thoughout the county to roadways and bridged. Between five and eight inches of rain fell in the July storm and about six inches fell during the May storm. "This weather has been very unusual," Joe says. "It seems the storms keep tracking over us and dumping huge amounts of rain and the streams and creeks just can't handle it."

It is still unclear if the county will be eligible for disaster benefits as need is still being assessed.

Thanks to the efforts of the Farm managers and other volunteers, the Farm cleanup has gone smoothly, with limited amount of loss. They have been busy cleaning and disinfecting the buildings and trying to salvage anything they can that wasn't removed from the lower levels of the buildings

"We once again have to rebuild the bunk beds," Joe says. Between the two floods, the Farm has lost picnic tables, tools, windows, furniture, books, and games. "We need new tools and couches most of all," Joe says. "But all in all, we fared very well compared to others in the county." Volunteers and a Farm manager have been working in the greater community as they can to help others begin recovery efforts. "It's so hot and humid here now that if people don't get there houses cleaned out quickly, mold starts to grow, causing greater health and structual problems," Joe says.