10 Years After Ivan: Ohio Valley Residents Reflect on Historic Flood


10 years ago this week, Hurricane Ivan stalled over the Ohio Valley, dumping rain that caused catastrophic flooding.

Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130-mile-per-hour winds and a major storm surge. It made it’s way to the Ohio Valley leaving a path of destruction in it’s wake. Severely flooding creaks and streams and put several areas around the valley under water, and residents that lived along creeks were trapped after water rose too fast.

Today, residents say it’s a very vivid and traumatic memory. “It broke down the steel door in my basement and anything I had in the basement, I watched it wash down the street,” said Wheeling resident Lindsey Miller.

Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart continued, “It was very surreal seeing how much flooding we had and with the amount of damage and also too was the affect it had on the residents.”

Residents were told they had to get rid of everything that even touched the flood water. Hart recalled watching two little girls who wanted their toys from the debris pile. “.. And their mom had to tell them ‘no, we’re going to have to get rid of it because it’s been damaged, you can’t play with it.’ And that really hit home right there realizing on a personal level what kind of impact that has.”

There is some good that came from when the affects of this category 5 hurricane hit the area. One resident said, “It brought us neighbors together. Everybody kind of pitched in and helped out each other and that was really nice and saw what kind of support there is from the community.”

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