Flood of 1997
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Cartoonist Jim Borgman's perspective

From my office drawing board overlooking the wide brown waters of the Ohio, it was easy to slip into thinking of the flood as a popular attraction.
Visitors and families crowded around the big windows in our 19th-floor river-view editorial page office pointing and taking pictures, joking about the ''new marina'' or the site of the ''underwater railroad'' museum.
It was our unintended tourist attraction. A muddy Omnimax.
Then parts of a building would pass and you would realize someone's life was in splinters.
You can't draw a flood. It's defined visually only by what sticks out of the water. Even after all the photographs, it remains profoundly disturbing for me to draw a house sunk deep in water. Like losing track of the horizon line.
The trees outside my office window are back where they belong, along the river's bank instead of in the middle. But it'll be some time before the sound of rain on the roof lulls many of us to sleep again.

-- Jim Borgman, The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Borgman cartoon

Borgman cartoon

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