Flood of 1997
DAY 10: MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1997
The Ohio River falls back to its 52-foot flood stage at 11 p.m.
Almost 300 checks, totaling $290,000, are sent from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Ohioans with temporary housing.
About 64,000 Ohioans and 140,000 people in Kentucky are under boil-water advisories.
Between 300 and 400 Falmouth residents remain unaccounted for.
Cincinnati building inspectors reach 191 of an estimated 500 damaged homes in low-lying areas.
The Red Cross has served 33,620 meals to Ohio victims.
The number of evacuees in Indiana is 1,500.
All but one school in the Adams County/Ohio Valley district open.
Enquirer.Com on March 11, 1997

So much to do,
so many helping hands

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Karen Rolph, an employee of the Family Dollar store in Manchester, Ohio, puts salvageable inventory into boxes.
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The workweek began with a return to normalcy as the Ohio River at Cincinnati fell below 52 feet. Downtown, the flood was officially over.Commuters rejoiced. No more flood-triggered traffic jams.
Barricades came down. Streets reopened. Cars reclaimed riverfront parking lots. Streams of semis nuzzled up to the waiting doors of the produce warehouses. Cincinnati's riverfront was back in business.
In Falmouth, with five dead and more still unaccounted for, the city struggled to come back to life.
Three hundred structures caught in the hurricane-force flood had been inspected and marked for demolition. Another 250 suffered major damage but might survive.
Most municipal buildings were out of commission. The police department will operate from trailers. City Hall will set up in borrowed office space.
With local government in such disarray, Jim Fossett didn't know where to go for help. So he advertised in his mom's front yard.
He's 66 and has a respiratory problem. Heavy lifting was out for him as well as for his mother, 93.
Still her basement was lined with mud and river water.
Jim Fossett, 66, of Falmouth, made up a sign offering to pay someone to clean his mother's basement. He soon has volunteers to do the job.
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So Jim taped two signs to a lawn chair in front of her house. One said, ''Need help cleaning basement.'' The other added: ''Will Pay.''
He didn't have to wait long.
Teresa Wilson and her daughter, Emily, were among at least five people who lent Jim a hand.
''We just started walking down the street because we felt worthless at home,'' explained 12-year-old Emily, ''and we saw the sign.''
They took the job. But they wouldn't take the cash.
''We're not taking any pay,'' said Teresa Wilson. ''No way.''
Another worker would not even give his name.
He said he didn't need recognition for doing what needs to be done.

Day 11, Tuesday, March 11, 1997