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.
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.