Flood of 1997
DAY 8: SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 1997
About 6,000 Tristaters have volunteered with the Red Cross. About 150 workers trained in disaster relief have flown in from around the country, and dozens of local doctors, nurses and businesses have pitched in, too.
Damage estimates for Kentucky and Ohio reach $405 million.
The Ohio River falls to 59.1 feet, still 7.1 feet above the flood line.
An estimated 75,000 homes and business have been damaged in Kentucky.
Damage to Falmouth's two groceries is $2 million, and 700 of the town's 900 residences are damaged.
More than $500,000 is collected locally to assist flood victims.
The first floor of the Cincinnati Children's Museum at 700 Pete Rose Way is a complete loss.
Enquirer.Com on March 9, 1997
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If it's dirty
(and what isn't?)
then clean it

BY CLIFF RADEL
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Rich Wolfer squeegees mud and water out of Joe's Place, a restaurant in New Richmond.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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Nothing on earth is quite like flood mud. It's slimy, slippery, sticky. And it stinks to high heaven. Step in it once and you'll remember it forever. The muck grabs your boot with enough force to suck it right off your foot.On Saturday, the oily, brown sludge was being shoveled out, bulldozed and hosed down along the flood-damaged valleys of the Ohio and Licking rivers. From Cincinnati to Louisville, Falmouth to New Richmond, Adams County to Aurora, it was cleanup day.
Cincinnati dispatched 200 dump trucks, 50 front-loaders and backhoes, 30 chain-saw operators and eight street-flushing crews plus 100 work details supplied with hoses, brooms and shovels.
They worked around the clock attacking the flood's wake in the downtown riverfront, East End, Columbia Tusculum, California and Sayler Park. Orders were simple: If it's dirty, clean it.
If any one spot in this flood needed clearing the most, though, it was Falmouth.
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George Lyons dumps garbage from his East End home into Mead Avenue for pickup by front loaders.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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The city drowned in a mud bath that killed most of its business district and many of its homes.
''You gotta move this stuff while it's still wet,'' Larry Wright said from his tractor seat. ''Otherwise the mud sets up as hard as an adobe brick.'' He went back to using a snowplow blade to clear the slop that stood 6 inches deep on the floor of a Falmouth warehouse.
To the constant roar of pumps, power washers and generators, Falmouth's houses were emptied of their contents and the flood's filthy deposits.
All day long, furniture, appliances, rugs, clothes, food and every other imaginable household good were stacked atop ever-growing piles in every front yard that still had a house standing.
At 7 p.m. all work ceased. The residents moved out and the National Guard moved in. Front-loaders picked up the debris and dump trucks hauled it away.
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Sharon Elam is overwhelmed by her first look at her flooded house on Center Street in New Richmond.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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Lucy Aulick took one last look at her pile. Possessions from her 82 years of living were reduced to a mound of mud-caked trash.
''I can stand to lose this,'' she said. ''but I hope I don't lose my home. I love my little house. I own it. Free and clear. I have the deed.
''I hope they don't bulldoze it,'' she added. ''You can see where the water got up to on my roof.''
A line of mud ran across the shingles, two rows above the gutters.
''Jesus saved me from the flood,'' Lucy added. ''He told me to get out when I did.
''I sure hope he sees fit to save my little house, too.''

Day 9, Sunday, March 9, 1997
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