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    Flood Damage - Falmouth, Kentucky

    03/06/1997


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    Photographer Julie Dian-Reed, NWS Wilmington, OH
    Date taken March 6, 1997
    Location Falmouth, Kentucky (Pendleton County)     map
    Event Major flood damage

    Additional notes
    A historic flood occurred in March 1997 when the Kentucky River at Falmouth, KY rose to 51.8 feet (for reference, flood stage is 28 feet, and the stage in mid-June 2007 was 1 foot).  80% of the town was underwater, leading to 5 fatalities.  Even though the flood waters moved less than 5 mph, they were forceful enough to uplift and carry entire houses and devastated the town.

    Related NWS Product:  River Flood Warning

    Safety Note: Though extreme floods like this one are very rare, if an evacuation order is placed for your location due to an impending flood, take action immediately!  Flood waters can rise fast and can be accompanied by dangerous chemicals and debris or deadly currents.  In this case, the rising flood waters trapped hundreds of people in downtown Falmouth.

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