Flood of 1997
DAY 2: SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 1997
Raging waters account for 12 deaths in Ohio and Kentucky.
Most of the 2,400 residents of Falmouth, in Pendleton County, Ky., are evacuated when the Licking River bursts its banks.
The Licking begins to recede after sundown Sunday. It crests at 52 feet -- 24 feet above flood stage.
From 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, the Ohio River at Cincinnati rises more than 19 feet -- from 33.2 to 52.3 -- and reaches 56.3 feet by 9 p.m. Flood stage is 52 feet.
More than 50 people take refuge at New Richmond High School.
Kentucky officials estimate damage at $51 million; nine people are dead in the commonwealth.
Damage estimates of $10 million to $15 million come from Scioto County.
Enquirer.Com on March 3, 1997

Licking River lashes out:
'There is no Falmouth'

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Only rooftops and treetops poked through the waters of the Licking River in Falmouth, Ky. The river reached 52 feet - 24 feet above flood stage.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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Kentucky State Police Trooper Jan Wuchner was stunned. He just had come back from a Sunday afternoon helicopter flight over the flood that swallowed Pendleton County.
His report:
''There is no Falmouth.''
The Licking River was running wild at 52 feet -- 24 feet above flood stage, rushing across the sharp bend that cradles Falmouth beneath a ring of foothills.
Falmouth was underwater and torn asunder.
From atop the surrounding hillsides, all that could be seen were rooflines and treetops -- many pruned for spring.
And it happened so fast. When Patrick and Laurie Bass left Falmouth Saturday night for a George Strait concert at Riverfront Coliseum, their two-story home was safe and dry. They came back early Sunday morning to find their house and their hometown submerged.
Fed by thunderstorms, flash floods and swollen tributaries like the Licking, the Ohio River shot past its 52-foot flood stage and did not look back. It rose 19 feet in 24 hours. And it doubled its pace, going from a leisurely 2.5 mph to a raging 5.1.
In downtown Cincinnati, water surged over the Serpentine Wall. Basements in the bars along Pete Rose Way took on the look of swimming pools. Cut off from the shore, their gangplanks home to fish, ducks and driftwood, Kentucky's floating restaurants closed.
The Blue Creek in Adams County, Ohio, overflows near West Union and floods a road.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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The river spread across the stage and up the rows of seats at Riverbend Music Center. Greedy, muddy water gobbled up the grounds of Coney Island and River Downs.
Upstream in Clermont County, the river rose with alarming speed. Washington Township Fire Chief Beth Nevel warned residents to take the rising water very seriously.
''This is not a predictable flood -- so much rain in such a short time.''
In New Richmond, as the rising Ohio inched its way into the village, authorities asked businesses on Front Street to close. The water was already racing to lift the cans of spray wax from the bottom shelf at Metzger's Hardware.

Day 3, Monday, March 3, 1997