THE BEAUTIFUL OHIO - 64 and a HALF FEET
CREST AT LAST

Thursday, March 6, 1997 about noon


We posted these for our friends who have asked how we were doing. Our factory is about ten miles from the flood water and perhaps 400 feet higher. So we are doing fine, but a lot of people need help. If you'd like to help call your local Red Cross and ask.

The city of Cincinnati lies on ground high above the river licking at its edges. But the water is in places where it hasn't been in 30 years, surprising and reminding many that this is still the river's city. Little towns and villages without flood walls up and down the river from here are hurting from waters that rose to record hights in one day after hurricane like rains.

Walk around the suspension bridge witn me on Thursday March 6, 1997. If the pictures seem a bit blurry, remember the wind was blowing hard and cold.


Down stream from the Suspension bridge seen between the flooded warehouses, I'm at the water's edge on Second Street. The tall building and the one under contruction next to it are across the river in Kentucky.
Just a little to the left and looking upstream into second street. Not much action at Caddies today.

Is this Elm street? Maybe Plum. They all look alike under water. The hill in the background is Kentucky.
I'm on the Ohio side looking across to Covington, Kentucky
This is the river gauge on the Ohio side of the suspension bridge. While the marks aren't legible in my picture, the one at the bottom is 65 feet. Flood stage is 52 feet, while normal pool is 26 feet.
I'm standing almost over the river gauge in the previous picture looking at Cincinnati. The little tree, the top of which you see in the foreground, is on the Ohio shore.
A wide angle shot a little to the left, downstream, from the one above.
A telephoto from the same location on the bridge of warehouses on the Ohio shore.
Apartments and a hotel on the Kentucky side protected by Covington's flood wall. Very dry on the other side of the wall. The river boat restaurants tied to the shore have no customers when the flood gates in the wall are closed.
Looking back to Cincinnati from the bridge pier on the Kentucky side.
The parking level of the apartment building is flooded and the old houses on River Side Drive are wet.
A floating restaurant with it's dock float almost to River Side Drive. Normally there's a steep bank and parking lot between.
From the upstream side of the bridge, Riverfront Stadium (now called Cinergy Field) is an island.

Looking back to the houses on River Side Drive. The Licking river enters the Ohio at the left.

The stadium may look like an island, but the upper levels of parking are still being used and the field is dry enough to play ball.
Looking back to the Kentucky shore.
Back to the first set of flood pictures.

While our mailing address is in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are really located in the beautiful city of Blue Ash, Ohio, about 14 miles north of the Ohio river just off Interstate 71 at the Cross County Highway.
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March 7, 1997