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The Rolling Fork is a 108-mile-long river that forms the border between LaRue and Nelson counties. It’s part of the Salt River Basin, and the larger Ohio River Basin.
It travels through some of the most scenic areas of Kentucky – passing through farmland and winding around the “knobs” – which are bigger than a hill and smaller than a mountain. They’re known for having steep sides and rounded tops.
In one area, just past Athertonville, Rolling Fork branches into Knob Creek – the creek where young Abraham Lincoln was saved from floodwaters by his friend, Austin Gollaher.
Residents have learned to adapt to the frequent flooding of the area.
Several inches of rain over the July 4 holiday brought the river to flood stage (35-feet) and the National Weather Service expected it to crest at 40.7-feet. At that level, minor flooding of farm fields and low spots on country roads, such as Blanton Road near Athertonville, can be expected.
Besides New Haven, several other nearby communities are affected by the flooding: Calvary in Marion County; High View in Marion County; Gleanings; Howardstown; Boston; Lebanon Junction in Bullitt County; Lyons Station; and Youngers Creek.
The river ends in the Fort Knox Military Reservation.