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20 Years After The Devastating Falmouth, KY Flood And The Rebuilding Efforts

Kenton County Public Library and Robin Bruelheide
The city of Falmouth was covered in eight feet of water when the Licking River overflowed its banks in 1997.

This week twenty years ago our region experienced one of the worst floods in modern history. While river communities in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana suffered, the hardest hit was the city of Falmouth, Kentucky

The overflowing Licking River washed over the town, covering it in eight feet of water, killing five people and causing more than $40 million in property damage.

Joining us to remember the 1997 flood and efforts to rebuild in Falmouth are Pendleton County Emergency Management Director Mike More; and Pendleton County Sheriff, William "Craig" Peoples.

The United States Geological Survey has developed flood inundation maps for a 17 mile stretch of the Licking River that allow evaluation of river flooding before it occurs. To access the Flood Mapper, click here.

To view a PDF of the special Flood of 1997 book published by The Falmouth Outlook, click here. To see The Cincinnati Enquirer's special section to commemorate the flood, click here. And to view more images of the flood, visit the Kenton County Public Library's Northern Kentucky Photographic Archive.