Separated for three days, Lisa Lonaker hugs her daughter, Brittany, 8, after they were reunited Wednesday at the Pendleton County High School shelter. (Michael E. Keating photo)
As the Licking River waters receded, the devastation was revealed. Authorities found cars sprawled atop cars and building sitting in streets. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Firefighters on a rooftop search the Licking River below for victims. (Michael E. Keating photo)
A search team member and his dog go house to house looking for victims. (Michael E. Keating photo)
As waters receded, National Guardsmen joined firefighters in the house-to-house search. (Michael E. Keating photo)
A firefighter looks at one of several Falmouth police car that had been submerged (Michael E. Keating photo)
A child's toy cars resist the drain of water atop a street grate. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Vice President Gore steps into the Ohio River near Race Street and Pete Rose Way on his Wednesday trip to survey the damage. (Kevin J. Miyazaki photo)
Hundreds of Tristaters, including Bill and Marty Charles of Fairfield, have been going to the parking deck of Cinergy Field to view the flooding (Steven M. Herppich photo)
EAST END - NEWTOWN
Riding a jetski, a Newtown firefighter tows a family down Center Street after they were rescued from their home Wednesday morning. (Glenn Hartong photo)
A hand-painted gauge on the wall of St. Rose Church on Eastern Avenue shows Wednesday's Ohio River level compared with other floods in Tristate history. (Kevin J. Miyazaki photo)
A street sign on the East End is nearly submerged. (Kevin J. Miyazaki photo)
The Rabbit Hash General Store is flooded by the Ohio. (Patrick Reddy photo)
In Silver Grove, firemen Mark Iles, left, and Chief Ron Burchfield Sr. exacuate Irene Wilson, 62, from her home. (Craig Ruttle photo)
John Sparks walks through water in the bedroom of his trailer in Silver Grove. (Craig Ruttle photo)
In Bromley, Thomas
Moore, 69, looks over the water flooding Short Street. (Patrick Reddy photo)
Erin Riebel, 18, sorts piles of donated clothing in the gym at New Richmond Elementary School. (Glenn Hartong photo)
Circus clowns cheer up children at the shelter at New Richmond High School. The flood has forced cancellation of performances by Ringling Brothers and Barum & Bailey Circus at the Coliseum. (Glenn Hartong photo)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 1997
As water rises over Pete Rose Way Tuesday, no one lines up at the crosswalk. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Burke Couch gets around on a frontloader at River Transportation Company's Sawyer Park facility. (Michael E. Keating photo)
The Ohio spills past the produce warehouses of Riverfront West and across Pete Rose Way. (Ernest Coleman photo)
Cinergy Field juts out like a peninsula into the flooded Ohio. (Ernest Coleman photo)
City workers install the floodgate on Stadium Drive leading to Pete Rose Way. (Doug Cochran photo)
The intersection of Pete Rose Way and Stadium Drive (Michael E. Keating photo)
Drivers gawking at the flood waters were partly blamed for traffic jams on Fort Washington Way and the Brent Spence Bridge. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Bellevue resident Dave Boguszewski, 15, carries clothing from his home on Washington Street as the Ohio rises around it. (Patrick Reddy photo)
Members of the Southern Campbell County Fire Department ferry Cathy Mitchell and Russ Class from their homes surrounded by Licking River floodwaters. Mrs. Mitchell holds her 6-month-old daughter Alexandra. (Patrick Reddy photo)
Gumbo Charlie's and other riverfront restaurants were shut down. (Yoni Pozner photo)
On Main Street, residents use a rowboat to move items from a business. (Kevin J. Miyazaki photo)
Water swirls below a mural of a riverboat on a downtown building. (Kevin J. Miyazaki photo)
NEW RICHMOND, OHIO
John Shropshire, 49, steers a skiff through his hometown. (Glenn Hartong photo)
Firefighter Stan Kinnard rescued these Chihuahua/dachshunds belonging to Jean Murphy of Walnut Street. (Glenn Hartong photo)
A lone boat makes its way around flooded New Richmond (Ernest Coleman photo)
Virgil Rarrieck Sr., 61, surveys damage to the kitchen of his East Shelby Street home. The Licking River fell 5 feet, enabling some residents to return to their homes. (Patrick Reddy photo)
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1997
DOWNTOWN - EAST END
Rising waters pour into downtown Monday afternoon. By night, water had covered Pete Rose Way, at left. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Water surrounds Riverfront Stadium Monday afternoon and covers the first floor of the parking garage. (Michael E. Keating photo)
The statue of Cincinnatus at Bicentennial Commons is surrounded by water. (Michael E. Keating photo).
Workmen at Cincinnati Commercial Warehouse on Pete Rose Way stretch to pass a pallet being used a foot bridge (Michael E. Keating photo).
A driver walksfrom his pickup truck after he underestimated the depth of water along Mehring Way Monday afternoon. He later pushed the truck to higher ground. (Michael E. Keating photo).
Water nearly covers cars off Eastern Avenue in the East End. (Craig Ruttle photo).
NEW RICHMOND, OHIO
Firefighters Larry Campbell and Chuck Vogel evacuate Daniel Minervini, 1, and Keith Minervini, 3, in New Richmond (Glenn Hartong photo)
Paul Marck Jr. paddles a boat down Center Street in New Richmond as his sons Todd Marck, 17, and Paul Marck III, 18, hang onto some household possessions. (Glenn Hartong photo)
New Richmond firefighters work from a boat to try to douse a mobile home fire (Glenn Hartong photo)
A pleasure craft is moored near a New Richmond street as the rising Ohio floods a home in the background. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Jeff Fussnecker, 19, of Ripley stands atop a car while waiting for a tow truck. (Michael Snyder photo)
Ohio National Guardsmen load residents' belongings as people evacuated Monday. (Michael Snyder photo)
The sign of Mike Fink's Restaurant in Covington is nearly submerged Monday afternoon. (Ernest Coleman photo)
Friends help Herb Adams move from his Bromley home as flood water approaches (Ernest Coleman photo).
In Maysville, Ky., city workers filled bags with sand Monday to reinforce the floodwall around the business district. (Michael Snyder photo).
Flood victims rest in the sanctuary of Southside Church of Christ in Falmouth, Ky. (Patrick Reddy photo).
Houses underwater along the railroad tracks at Woodson Street in Falmouth, Ky. (Patrick Reddy photo).
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 1997
Falmouth, Ky., was flooded Sunday afternoon after the Licking River overflowed its banks. (Michael E. Keating photo)
Houses in downtown Falmouth are submerged. (Michael E. Keating photo)
The Blue Creek in Adams County, Ohio, overflows near West Union Sunday and floods a road. (Michael E. Keating photo)
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 1997
Kevin Tackett looks out of father's house in Adams County, Ohio, Saturday after flood waters raced through it. (Craig Ruttle photo)
Red Oak Creek in Brown County overflows Saturday. (Craig Ruttle photo)