Though flooding persists on a smaller scale, it's nothing compared to a devastating 1940 flood that threatened to drown a booming city's future. An effort to reroute Chestnut Creek saved Galax from going under.
By Christopher Brooke, Reporter
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:00 am (Updated: February 17, 4:37 pm)
An August 1940 flood swept in improvements to Chestnut Creek in Galax that continue to keep residential and industrial areas, and even portions of downtown, dry today.
It took until the 1950s for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “straighten the creek,” but an inspection in 2011 shows that the project still works to minimize flooding in the city.
Engineer Randy Campbell from Huntington, W.Va., in 2011 inspected the project that the corps built to see how it was holding up.
If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!
Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription
If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Gazette, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.
Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.
New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account
If you are new to the award winning Gazette and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.
Create a limited access account. Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.
The Gazette | email@example.com | 2762365178222 P.O. Box 68, 108 West Stuart Drive, Galax, VA 24333 Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday