1937 flood

1937 Flood

How much greater was the '37 flood than its predecessors?  Lots.

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Austinburg West Riverside

 

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Aerial View of the
1937 Flood
Another Aerial of
Covington, 1937
On Madison On Madison

 

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15th & Wheeler in Covington Believed to be at 3rd
and Philadelphia
West Covington, looking East 1937  

 

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South at 7th & Scott
From a Facebook post by Chris Brooks

 

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The Foot of Madison
 Avenue
Pike Street,
south of Main
Scott Street, between
4th and 5th Streets

 

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Seventh & Scott At the entrance to the
Suspension Bridge
Roughly from Madison
Avenue looking north

 

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On Madison Definitely Covington, likely 1937 On Madison

 

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Looking south from the
Suspension Bridge
Foot of Garrard Street Looking East on 3rd,
from Madison
Madison, looking
north from Fifth

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January 23rd- it still hasn't crested.

 

Kingsley

The Kentucky Post notes that while there were “literally hundreds” of heroes in the 1937 flood, they chose to name John T. Kingsley, as the most heroic of all. Our image is from the Kenton County Library's Faces and Places Collection. They identify Kingsley as the man on the far left.

 

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Madison, looking
north from 3rd
Maryland, looking
north, from St. E

East End
Residences, 1937

Covington in
the 1937 Flood

 

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Aerial view of Covington, 1937

Looking northeast over Austinburg. 
This picture is 7 days before the
crest of the flood, i.e. it's coming up 7 more feet.

 

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  30th & DeCoursey Winding Way 30th & Rogers
  From a Facebook post by Sharon Fightmaster Cross

 

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L&N Cars Anchoring Bridge 7th & Scott James Ave. looking north  
From a Facebook post by Sharon Fightmaster Cross

 

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  30th E. from DeCoursey Water Main Bridge, Latonia Fries & Son, 2nd and Madison
  From a Facebook post by Sharon Fightmaster Cross From a Facebook post by Laura Hartman Roland

 

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8th & Philadelphia, looking East from the 9th St end of Crescent, looking East from Western Avenue, looking northeast 9th and Philadelphia, looking North Goebel Park, looking northwest
These five are all from Facebook posts by Alina Lag  

 

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A water level view of the flooded Ohio.
From a Facebook post by Dale Ashcraft, taken by his grandmother.

 

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Wow. Today, that's Goebel Park and I-75; then, a flooded Willow Run Creek. from a Facebook post by Arlina Lag From the 15th Street railroad bridge, in the 1937 Flood. from a Facebook post by Cindy Alexander
   
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14th (Pleasant) & Greenup, in the 1937 Flood
from a Facebook post by Cindy Alexander
East of Johnson Street
   
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Looking down, and south, at the Covington Suspension Bridge entrance From 24th Street in the 1937 Flood
from a Facebook post by Dale Ashcraft
   
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Aerial of 1937 Flood Philadelphia at 9th. That's Willow Creek. You know it better as I-75.

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1937 flood scenes from Covington and Newport

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Somewhere in
Covington, 1937
Liberty Cherry,
from a Facebook post by Jim Deaton

  

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 Suspension Bridge, 1937

 Suspension Bridge, 1937

Troops Marching
to Suspension Bridge

 

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The extent of the 1937 Flood waters in Kenton County.

 

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“Covington, Kentucky, on the
Ohio opposite Cincinnati, under
fifteen feet of water - over
one-third its area” 1937

“West Covington, Kentucky,
across the Ohio from
Cincinnati, under 15
feet of water.”
1937

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Yes, the Suspension Bridge was the only bridge open between Cairo and Pittsburg.  No, it wasn't effortless.
     
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Keep in mind the flood was in January, so the water these men are working in is ice cold.

 

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Covington end of the Suspension Bridge,1937

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Pontoon Bridge at 5th & Scott

Both, 6th and Main, 1937

Twelfth Street Bridge, 1937

 

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Philadelphia at 8th 9th and Crescent Philadelphia at 9th Mouth of Willow Run
from a Facebook post by Arlina Lag

 

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Philadelphia Street sinks 15 feet as 1937 flood recedes, here.
from a Facebook post by Arlina Lag

Flood aftermath: you can get to Cincinnati an Covington, but you're advised not to.

Art and Ralph Pranger lived thru the 1937 flood, and their memories of it are recounted at this site.

 

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7th & Scott, 1937

7th & Scott, 1937

On the left of this pic is the
Dixie Sign Company, at 117
Park Place in Covington

Depenbrock's Grocery
 at 640 Scott

 

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from St. Benedict's on
17th Street, 1937
St. Elizabeth in the
1937 Flood
This is a steam shovel, brought in to provide steam to
St. Elizabeth, since the boilers in St. E's basement
were flooded, and inoperable.

 

1945 Flood

Larry Stulz sends us this image of his Mother, cleaning up after the 1945 Flood. In heels.
It's March 6, 1945, and you can make out St. John's School, on Pike, in the upper right.
I-75 would literally run overhead of this scene today. 1945 was the 4th worst flood ever in Northern Kentucky.

 

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Ground breaking for the
Covington floodwall
An AP wire photo from
March 10, 1967. The water's
covering Riverside Drive.

 

Cleanup

Kentucky Post, February 4, 1937

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