Saturday, February 03, 2007

Maysville Kentucky Floodwall Inspection

The 1937 flood we wrote about in recent articles seems to be on a lot of people's minds, including the Army Corps of Engineers. They inspected our floodwalls recently and gave it a passing grade - barely. Citing room for improvement, City Manager Ray Young said yesterday that the city is working with the corps to repair concrete deterioration. He also said that for the river to breach the floodwall, it would have to rise to 62 feet (the height of a faulty portion of the wall) and that sandbags could be used effectively if that were to happen. Read the full story here.

The Ledger Independent also ran a great piece by Marla Toncray, titled "Remembering 'The Flood.'" In the article, she interviews Don Buckley, a first-hand witness. He was only seven years old at the time, but Buckley says he remembers it well. "You don't have floods in January. So many people didn't anticipate it was going to be the magnitude it was," he recalled. Read the full story here.

Just so folks don't think that the 1937 flood was the only disastrous flood in Maysville Kentucky history, here's a Cincinnati Enquirer photograph of city workers bracing against the 1997 flood, which reached a height of 64.7 feet. During that flood, nearby Ripley, Ohio, was declared a federal disaster area.

Also check out the Cincinnati Enquirer's Infamous Floods timeline which chronicles all of the major floods to have swamped the area. The first recorded flood was in 1773 where Indians mark the depth of the Ohio River at 76 feet.

posted at 12:54 AM by Jeremy Parnell

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