View Full Version : What a difference a year makes for boating season!

04-27-2012, 02:23 AM
Pictures taken on April 23rd, 2011 of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky:


^ Note the three trees on the right...


Overhead view of the same area (facing up river)


Down river (flooding in Indiana on right)

Just over a year later (same three trees on the right):



Facing up river. Just need to clean the ramp up and put in the dock and it's time for boating season! We usually don't see water like this until July!! :D

I know I didn't get my boat out until June last year. I don't remember the exact numbers, but the river level was 50+ feet last April, and is around 27 feet now. I believe we had a record of 15 inches of total rain in April 2011 alone. The record for total rainfall in a single year was broken as well.

04-27-2012, 02:35 AM
Found some of the flash flood pictures from that day already uploaded, thought they were kinda cool. Not the worst flooding I've ever seen but it was insane how fast the water came up:


^ Normally a 15-foot-wide creek



Same creek


There's a road behind that telephone pole somewhere





Driveway bridge


Second driveway bridge



04-27-2012, 08:51 AM
Where the heck you at? I am on the river at 522.2. Just between Patriot Indiana and Warsaw KY. Looks like you are not to far up river from there. I'm in a 2005 197 TT and am always out...every weekend. Look for me.

04-27-2012, 08:53 AM
we had the same stuff on the illinois river...

Double D
04-27-2012, 09:27 AM
Same up here in Northeast Ohio. Berlin is typically at an elevation of 1026+ level in the spring but right now its barely over late summer pool at 1021. It could be a tough season for my beloved lake.... :( and having to go to the alternate....

Great pics by the way. They tell a good story.

04-27-2012, 01:04 PM
yeah , bad memories is all I can say ..
2 years ago in may 2010 , I came home from an arrowhead hunting trip in missouri to what u see here . This is the 2nd time since I was born that this has happened . Once in 1987 and then 2010 .
Last year 2011 when the pics you posted were taken , I was sweating bullets . They were telling us that it would flood again . That would have been 2 years in a row. It got 1 foot from coming over the levy and Everyone here was in panic mode , loading trailers with everything they could and getting to higher ground . Myself included . We gutted the house of everything downstairs into an enclosed trailer and hauled it off . 3 days later the water receeded and we went back to the house , it got within a foot of happening again . Atleast this time we would have been prepared .
The year before that in 2010 we lost just about everything downstairs except for what was on the countertops and up high on shelves . My wife called to tell me as I was looking for arrowheads in missouri, that the rain was bad and hadnt stopped for awhile and they were telling everyone the town might flood . 2 hours later she calls back to tell me that the police told her to leave that its about to happen . 1 hour after that 5 foot of water is in my house and everyone elses .
It took 2 months to gut the house and rebuild , fema and the red cross were in town helping and everyone pulled together to get stuff going . The place we live was lifted from the flood plain 8 years ago and we were told it wouldnt ever flood there again , so we dropped the flood insurance. We lost alot , but noone was hurt and thats what im thankful for . The little things we did loose we have replaced and moved on from , and still live in the house to this day . We just keep the enclosed trailer ready at all times now . U NEVER KNOW

First pic is of the back of the house from the highway , thats as close as they would let my wife while I was coming home from missouri
2nd pic is view down the street from my driveway . Lots of trash and gutted houses
3rd pic is of the pool in the back yard hours after the water dropped . ANYONE FOR A SWIM !!

04-27-2012, 01:20 PM
Couple more pics of the house

U can see that the water lines on the wall were still pretty visable and wet and these pics were a couple days after the flood . It took a week of 12 fans and 6 ceiling fans to dry all the walls out , then we sprayed everything with bleach and let that dry for a day or two then we started back with insulation and sheet rock

All electrical and water had to be reinspected b4 all could go back in

PS......No the TV didnt work , but I was hoping it would , thats why it was still sitting there .!!!

04-28-2012, 12:12 AM
Where the heck you at? I am on the river at 522.2. Just between Patriot Indiana and Warsaw KY. Looks like you are not to far up river from there. I'm in a 2005 197 TT and am always out...every weekend. Look for me.

Just north of ya! You don't recognize the island in the last picture of the first post? :D

You got a PM

04-28-2012, 12:18 AM
Wow Joyner, sorry you had to go through that. I've helped some people clean up after some flooding in the past. Nothing fun about it, to say the least.

All electrical and water had to be reinspected b4 all could go back in

Just wondering, what did you have to do to get the electric to pass inspection? I worked as an electrician for a few years starting in high school and always wonder about things like this.

04-28-2012, 12:08 PM
I'm enjoying a lot nicer Mississippi in IA this year as well. We didn't have the troubles you did last year, but we did have a record 15" of rain in one day that did a lot damage up here.

05-01-2012, 06:16 PM
Its been the complete opposite this year. Our lakes were down 10ft at this point last year and continued to drop another 6-8 depending on the lake. Around the 1st of December we starting to get a little rain. By middle of March we were knocking on the door of 100% full. Amazing 3 months of rain can bring what it takes a year to loose.

Good news is all of the people that started going to the river to be on the water can go back to their lake spots. They were ruining my skiing water... I pretty much didn't have a ski season last year worth a darn due to a ton of people.