The High Water; news about Covington flood (no Hemingray info)


Publication: The Kentucky State Journal

Newport, KY, United States
vol. 16, no. 83, p. 3, col. 2



Cheering News From Above Where the

River is Filling.

The river is steadily encroaching upon the residents in the bottoms, and there is a repetition of the same scenes enacted just four weeks ago. Those who were compelled to leave their houses at that time, and returned again after a thorough cleansing and drying out of their residences, are again forced to go through the ordeal only worse. Now there are over


Inundated, and one-third as many more families driven from their homes and forced to seek other quarters.

The U.S. Barracks grounds at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers are entirely submerged. Front street, from Washington avenue to the town of Bellevue, and from east of York to the Garrison, is inundated. Southgate is covered from the Licking River nearly to Columbia, and Bellevue street the same. The water is up Isabella street to Walnut, and on Madison street from Licking above Central avenue. Moss street is entirely covered, and a large portion of Patterson, Brighton, Chestnut, and Locust.


Between this city and Covington, except by boats, was cut off yesterday morning. The water invaded the stables of the Blue Line street cars on Madison street early in the morning, and all of their stock, cars, harness, and other damageable property was removed to the White Line Stables, on Williamson street. Communication between here and Dayton and Bellevue is also cut off, but the street car company is transferring passengers in boats, free of charge. Every furniture car and express wagon in the city has been going steadily, night and day, since last Saturday night, and a number were called from Cincinnati yesterday, so great was the demand.

Those who have experienced previous floods and had confidence in the newspaper reports commenced moving at once, while others waited until yesterday, and on waking up in the morning, found themselves surrounded by the muddy waters, and were forced to remove, to pack their furniture on flat-boats and other available water craft, as it was impossible for the move wagons to get near them. Quite a number were caught, and the damage to the little furniture they have they will be obliged to stand.

Some ten or fifteen families have stored their furniture in the basement of the Court-house, which


Who make application to the janitor, Thomas Diskin, who will see that everything is well cared for.


Are out in force, and for the least service charge most exorbitant prices. For transportation Mayor Berry has ordered that they shall only demand five cents from one point to another, but the unknowing ones and those who are compelled to call upon them for assistance are gulled out of pretty much of everything they have, in spite of His Honor's orders.

It is the duty of those who have to deal with these sharks to report their names to the Mayor when they think they have been overcharged, and he will see that the wrong done them is righted.

The city is running eight boats, five skiffs, and three big flats, which they received last night from Joseph Weingartner. The latter are used in removing those families who are situated where wagons can not get to them. The boats are all manned by the police force, and are under command of Chief of Police Betz and Lieutenant Jule Plummer.


Are being looked after by Overseer of the Poor, Frank Roll, who is moving them wherever the occasion demands to other quarters. The police are doing nobly in rendering assistance to those who can not help themselves.

The ferry-boats stopped running this morning, and pedestrians to and from Cincinnati are forced to take the Railroad Bridge.

Some ten or fifteen families were sheltered in the Court-house last night and a number moved in this morning.

The river is on a stand at Portsmouth, O., and reported falling above. It is thought now that the limit has almost been reached. At noon the river was 58 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and rising slowly.

The new flat boats ordered by the city were delivered this morning and immediately put into service manned by the members of the Police Force and Fire Department.

The Young Men's Democratic Club have thrown open their Headquarters for those families who have been driven out and need shelter; also the Young Men's Republican Club, who have two families in their place already.


Researcher notes:It is likely that Hemingray's old Covington, KY plant was flooded during this flood.
Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Glenn Drummond
Date completed:April 30, 2011 by: Bob Stahr;