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Ten Year Anniversary Of Cynthiana Flood

By: Amber Philpot Email
By: Amber Philpot Email
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Ten years ago Thursday, many communities across the state were dealing with high water after a storm dumped inches of rain.

Amber Philpott's hometown of Cynthiana was one of the communities hardest hit by the flooding. On this ten year anniversary, we took a look back at some of the sounds and images of the devastation.

It was a sight many people in Cynthiana could not believe. A rain swollen south fork of the Licking River had come out of its banks, cutting a small central Kentucky town off from the rest of the world.

The high waster forced hundreds out of their homes..

As of March 4th, 1997, 400 people had been rescued, some leaving their home wading through chest high water.

From the ground to the air, the sight was devastating. Homes and businesses were completely under water, including everything but the signature red roof of the Pizza Hut.

The Licking River in Cynthiana crested eight feet above flood stage. When the water receded, the town bounced back to life, but the task at hand was daunting.

In those first few days of March, flood waters may have have washed away belongings, but not spirits in a town that pulled together.


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