“When this area flooded in 1957, I saw people water skiing behind their boats in the field right over there.”

The Bourbeuse River crested at 34.31 ft. at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, according to the National Weather Service. This is the time I was out shooting video footage and photos to document the record breaking flood in my little town.

Nation Weather Service record of the Bourbeuse River

Nation Weather Service record of the Bourbeuse River – see the full report here

The last record was 33.8 ft. on December 5, 1982.

The gentleman I spoke with as I filmed the river lapping at my feet from the edge of Rock Road clearly remembered the floods in 1957 and 1982. The river didn’t crest quite this high in 1957, but it didn’t take much to cover the fields and roads back then.

Watch the video and browse through the photo gallery below showing the height of the Bourbeuse River from the west side of town. I didn’t venture to the east side of town, which would have required a detour of nearly 40 miles since the flooding had effectively split the town in half.

Note that the end of the photo gallery shows the Bourbeuse River from the cliff, overlooking the flood waters covering North Bend Road.

To read more about how our community responded to this event, see my blog post here.

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