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Flood of May, 1927
Photograph shows where High connects to Main near where city hall is today.

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Main Street Flooded
This shot also taken in 1927

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The Hazard Hotel 1927
Flooded section of downtown

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The Flood of '27
Note the automobile roof barely visible under the flood waters.

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Another Flood Photo for 1927
Looking across river from town. Iron bridge to train depot lays destroyed.

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Boats on Main
Only way to travel through town during the '27 disaster
Courtesy Peoples Bank and Trust Co.

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Possibly taken after the 1927 flood...
or could be typical of Hazard's notoriously muddy streets. Seen are Goad Hardware, a store called Perry County Sensation and the Central Hotel.

"Way back in Perry County,
Where the mud is ten feet deep,
Where the hogs root up the 'tater patch,
and the chickens have web feet.
You will find no public highways,
but miles and miles of mud,
Through which mankind had floundered,
since the days of Noah's flood."

                    (1919 author unknown)

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Bridge 1939
People watch the North Fork of the Kentucky River rise from the toll bridge to the depot

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Flooded Restaurant
Near where Muncy's service station is today. This photo shows a flooded "colored only" restaurant in '39 and the old bridge up to Baker Hill.

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People escape rising water by taking to the roof tops during the flood of 1939

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North End of Main
During 1957 Flood. The post office can be seen on the right

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House Under Water
Another scene of the '57 flood

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Flood Damage 1957
A view up Main Street with Rita's & Johnnie's and other businesses 

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Destroyed Businesses 1957
Major's Department Store. Identified in shot: Gene Blount.

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Flood Aftermath 1957
Studebaker Dealership and Old Swinging Bridge to Rail Yard Can be Identified.

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Clean Up
Following '57 deluge. Hibler Hotel, Fouts, Sherwin Williams.

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Workers monitor flood waters adjacent to the power company in Lothair. All of the homes seen here were destroyed by the flood waters.

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Pig Tale 1957  
Taken inside the KY Power offices in Lothair. When the flood waters receded, this pig was found waiting patiently atop a filing cabinet for someone to rescue him.  The pig knew how to get to higher ground. Getting back down was a problem. 

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Vantage Point
View from Ward Street overlooking East Main business and residential section around 1:30 PM on January 29, 1957.  All homes and businesses in this section were completely underwater

Ruin and Death Strike a Mining Town --
Reprint of article published on the front page of the The Birmingham News January 31, 1957

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Flood of March 1963 North Fork of the KY River crested at 37 feet above flood stage.

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Flood Downtown 1963
Newberry's, Shelton's Barber Shop, Grand Hotel, Scott's dime store

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Submerged Coal Cars
Photo showing the North Fork of the Kentucky River flooded well beyond her banks crippling the regional rail system for a time during the 1963 flood.

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