March 5, 1997 |
Louisville, Ky., bolted the gates shut in its flood wall Tuesday as the highest water along the Ohio River in 30 years pushed downstream, swamping one town after another and swelling the ranks of people driven from their homes. The Ohio was out of its banks from West Virginia to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and the water was not expected to crest in most places until today or later.
March 6, 1997 |
A river is not gauged easily, not when slate-gray clouds slant down rain for days, holler creeks spill over and stream banks dissolve like wet powder. Pity the unfortunate town that straddles two immeasurable rivers. Pity West Point. Among all the river towns in Kentucky and Indiana that retreated Wednesday from the rising tide of the rain-swollen Ohio, West Point found there was no place to flee: At its back lapped the sullen brown waters of the overflowing Salt River.
March 11, 1997 |
Thousands of volunteers pitched in Monday to help residents haul away debris and rinse off layers of mud left by a week of devastating flooding along the Ohio River. "It's been fantastic. We've had church groups and children's homes help us out," said Sharon Thompson, a Red Cross center manager in Radcliffe, Ky., 30 miles southwest of Louisville.
March 10, 1997 |
More rain plagued the flood-stricken Ohio River valley Sunday, causing some streams to rise again and slowing the monumental cleanup from the area's worst deluge in more than three decades. Compared with the foot of rain that fell in the region a week ago, however, the new rains were more a nuisance than a threat to life and property. The Licking River, a tributary of the Ohio in central Kentucky, was rising again Sunday near Falmouth, a town devastated by last week's flooding.
January 6, 1991 |
President Bush declared flood-stricken central Indiana a disaster area Saturday, but the soggy area was pretty much spared the snow and ice brought to the Midwest by a wintry storm threatening travel by land and air. Rain moistened a parched part of the West, and snow fell in the plains and Rocky Mountains.
January 2, 1991 |
Residents began cleaning up as flooded rivers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio receded Tuesday, but Indiana's high waters were expected to continue for the rest of the week, the National Weather Service reported. Heavy rain combined with an unseasonsable snow melt were blamed for the flooding. Flood warnings remained in effect for western Pennsylvania, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers crested slightly above flood stage during the night and were receding.