Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

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  • This series consists interview releases, invoices and reference material relating to the Klines' work for the Huntington District, Corps of Engineers. Interviews were conducted mainly during the late 1990s with Grundy, Virginia residents, Corps employees, and community planners in connection with the development of a flood control plan in response to the severe flooding of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River in 1977.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Lodge Compton Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

Lodge Compton is a long-standing figure in the world of journalism in Grundy, Virginia. He has been the editor and publisher of the Virginia Mountaineer, a weekly newspaper, for over twenty-five years. Compton was born and raised in Buchanan County, specifically in the headwaters of Dismal River, where his father, a writer, photographer, and occasional politician, also resided. Despite his father's brief stint as the editor of the Virginia Mountaineer, Compton insists there was no direct connection between his father's role and his own eventual position at the newspaper.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines
Patrick Johnson Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

subject: Flood control--Virginia; Flood damage prevention—Virginia; Buchanan County (Va.)--History; Grundy (Va.)--Social life and customs; Levisa Fork Basin (Ky. and Va.); Big Sandy River Valley (Ky. and Va.); United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives
Rogers Powers and Chuck Crabtree Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

subject: Flood control--Virginia; Flood damage prevention—Virginia; Buchanan County (Va.)--History; Grundy (Va.)--Social life and customs; Levisa Fork Basin (Ky. and Va.); Big Sandy River Valley (Ky. and Va.); United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives
Ronald Cole Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

Ronald Cole is the operations manager for Virginia-Kentucky Broadcasting in Grundy, Virginia. He has been in broadcasting for over 26 years, primarily in Kentucky and Virginia. Cole was involved in broadcasting during the flood in Buchanan County, Virginia, in 1973. He received a phone call from the civil defense director, John Hash, warning of an impending flood due to heavy water systems moving in. Cole was responsible for opening the radio station early to announce the flood and provide information to the public.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives
Sue Branham Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

Sue Branham, born on July 18, 1937, is the owner of The Corner, a ladies' and children's ready-to-wear business in downtown Grundy, Virginia. She purchased the existing business in March 1977 and continued to teach at Grundy Junior High School until 1991. Branham was directly impacted by the 1977 flood that occurred a month after she acquired the business. She resides on Route 83, outside the floodplain, and has been involved in the community's efforts to address the recurring flood issues. 

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines
Tim Potter Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

Tim Potter is the personnel director of the town of Grundy in Grundy, Virginia. He is involved in addressing the town's opportunities and challenges, particularly focusing on the flood project with the Corps of Engineers. 

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives
Chuck Crabtree Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

Chuck Crabtree was born in 1952, in Buchanan County, where he was also raised. His family, originally from West Virginia, moved to Grundy in the late 1920s, following the coal mining industry. His grandfather was one of the first contractors for Harman Mining Corporation in Harman, Virginia, where he mined coal using ponies to pull the coal out of the mountains. Crabtree's family lived in a small camp, in houses owned by the Harman Mining Corporation, known as company houses.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives
David Hafley Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

David Hafley is a long-time resident of Grundy, Virginia, who has experienced firsthand the devastating effects of flooding in the region. His experiences provide a vivid account of the destruction caused by floods in the years 1957 and 1977. Hafley's resilience and determination are evident in his recounting of the cleanup efforts following these disasters, where he and other community members worked tirelessly to restore their homes and businesses.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives
Gene Barr, Carl Miller, & David Hefley Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

Gene Barr, Carl Miller, and David Hefley are three individuals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. Gene Barr is a professional who is ready to get started on projects as soon as they are approved. He is knowledgeable about flood proofing measures and the eligibility criteria for the program. He is also familiar with the process of signing up for the program and the responsibilities that come with it. Carl Miller, on the other hand, is an expert in emergency management.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines
Coy Miller & Gene Barr Grundy Virginia Flood Control Project

subject: Flood control--Virginia; Flood damage prevention—Virginia; Buchanan County (Va.)--History; Grundy (Va.)--Social life and customs; Levisa Fork Basin (Ky. and Va.); Big Sandy River Valley (Ky. and Va.); United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.

Michael Kline Grundy, VA Talking Across the Lines, Berea College Special Collections & Archives