The rains came down and the creek came up

A week of cleanup in Paint Lick.    

Wood Craft Gallery (L), Post Office, Clinic, Friends (R)    

After two days of steady rain, water was running in the streets of Pain Lick. This was the scene about 5:00pm Sunday and sometime between 8:00 and 9:00, a sudden surge of the creek sent it over the bridge and into the buildings. With varying degrees of water, the bank had the worse, the Friends building, the Paint Lick Clinic, the Post office, and other building all suffered water and mud damage inside. Don Webber’s wood-working gallery perhaps suffered the worse structural damage.   

Flood mess behind Clinic and Friends

First light of day Monday, saw crews of workers, many volunteers, assessing the damage and beginning the clean-up. Not visable here, are the damaged ac units. The estimate for the Friends is $1,350 to replace shorted compressors, etc. Over at the bank, a professional cleaning unit was called in after workers had moved out furniture and money. The water was even in the vault so patrons with security deposit boxes were advised to come down and see if their contents needed attention. At the clinic, everything including files and supplies had to be removed and sent for sterilizing. Thanks to some faithful workers, Friends was able to clean the front room and get things back to order in time to be the place for workers in all the other places to come for lunch break.


Clean-up workers pause at Friends for Pizza break.

 Loretta Adams from the County Extension office brought pizza and drinks, and Janet brought hot soup to allow workers to have a lunch break w/o leaving the Village. Madison County reported some 8 inches total and other serious flooding. Our old timers said that in the last 50 years they had never seen water in the buildings like this flood brought. We are very grateful for sunny days following the flood and for the army of workers who are putting things back together.

Initial news story in Danville’s Advocate-Messenger


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2 Responses to “The rains came down and the creek came up”

  1. Gloria Beasley Arnold Says:

    Hello, I am interested in finding more pictures and/or articles of the May 2, 2010 flood. My family lived on Doty lane until 1956, and our family burial plot is in Paint Lick Cemetery. My father Gilbert Beasley is wishing to see more pictures if I can find them. I am searching for pictures of Paint Lick, especially of pictures that may have the old Doctors office that was on the right as heading toward Richmond before crossing the bridge; and on the left was a building that Dud Hurte use to have a pool hall. We have one of the pool tables from that establishment.
    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you, Gloria Beasley Arnold

    • Toddy2 Says:

      Gloria- There are some more photos linked here and on our Facebook page (if you’re on Facebook-we have a link here under “other blogs”.) Also on the next post “Don’t Count us Out”, in the responses there is a link to an article in the Danville Advocate Messenger with a couple of photos.
      Thanks for info re.your family. Always great to get comments from those that once lived in the village. Good luck on finding other photos for your dad.

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