Object No. 23: High Water marker

Located on Stanley Reed Court, across from Cochran Building

The Ohio River Flood of 1937 was historic in proportion, flooding cities along its banks from "hilltop to hilltop" in many areas. Maysville was no exception.

Throughout Maysville, markers from the Army Corps of Engineers can be found identifying the high water mark from that flood. The one pictured here is located on a row house on Stanley Reed Court.

After more than 12 inches of rain fell in a short period in January 1937, along the Ohio and Mississippi River region, residents were fighting flood waters which changed the landscape and inspired flood control improvements.

According to historians, many buildings along the river floated off their foundations, or were damaged by flood debris. Some were demolished following the flood and others survived and still stand today. Damages in the state of Kentucky alone reached more than $250 million, an astonishing amount in those days.

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At its peak, the Ohio River stood more than 30 feet above flood stage and was flooded along its entire length, according to information found on the Kentucky Climate Center's web site.

In the 1950s, the city's floodwall system, inspired by "The Great Flood of 1937," was completed, sparing most residents from subsequent floods.

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