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60 Moments: 1997 Flooding

March roared in like a sopping lion in 1997 when a two day rainstorm inundated our region.

From Clendenin on the Elk, to Wayne on the Twelvepole to Chesapeake on the Symmes Creek, streams raged out of control.

“I looked out the kitchen window and there was a 7-foot wall of water coming right at us. We were defenseless," said a flood victim.

In Hurricane, there was fear a dam would burst. In New Boston, the town was gobbled up by the rising storm surge.

Once the rain stopped, attention turned to the mighty Ohio where sandbags fortified the Catlettsburg floodwall as Portmsouth and other towns braced for the highest crest in 40 years.

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