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Date Posted:02/17/2009 11:42 AMCopy HTML

Step-By-Step Progress Of The Ohio River At Paducah
(January-February 1937)
January 15---42.5 feet
January 16---42.9 feet
January 17---43.2 feet
January 18---44.7 feet
January 19---46.2 feet
January 20---47.5 feet
January 21---50.0 feet
January 22---52.7 feet
January 23---54.7 feet
January 24---56.1 feet
January 25---57.8 feet
January 26---58.8 feet
January 27---59.2 feet
January 28---59.6 feet
January 29---59.9 feet
January 30---60.3 feet
January 31---60.6 feet
February 1---60.7 feet
February 2---60.8 feet (crest)
February 3---60.75 feet
February 4---60.6 feet
February 5---60.3 feet
February 6---59.85 feet
February 7---59.35 feet
February 8---58.75 feet
February 9---58.1 feet
February 10--57.2 feet
February 11--56.0 feet
February 12--54.75 feet
February 13--53.3 feet
February 14--52.25 feet
February 15--51.0 feet
February 16--49.7 feet
February 17--48.5 feet
February 18--47.2 feet
February 19--45.9 feet
February 20--44.2 feet
February 21--42.35 feet
February 22--40.3 feet
Highest previous floodmarks were recorded on April 7, 1913, when the official gauge showed 54.3 feet and February 23, 1884, when 54.2 feet was reached.  In 1913 the river stood above 50 feet only ten days, seven days before the crest and three days after, the rate of fall being much faster than in 1937.  Flood stage at Paducah is 43 feet, but four or five feet more can be accomodated without any special inconvenience.   
The Spirit Of Paducah

Looking back at his home town from California, Irvin S. Cobb was prompted to remark at the spirit of his fellow Paducahans. "There are certain things the victims did not lose and never will--their courage and their sense of humor." Mr. Cobb said, adding "they can still laugh at their personal misfortunes even while the world at large still weeps for them."
The forget-it spirit of Paducahans was amply expressed by Fred G. Neuman, an actor in the great drama. Upon being asked if he thought Paducah would come back, Mr. Neuman replied, "Huh, it has never been gone!"

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