Paducah has installed cameras on the river side of the floodwall. Check out this link to the live images to see how high the Ohio River is now. The first camera shows you the floodgate at the end of the floodwall murals. Yesterday’s photo of a floodgate (with me standing in front of it) is the next floodgate down the wall, about five murals to the right of the first camera image. I remember driving down this street and looking at the huge floodgate at the end of the murals as I turned at the corner. Right now the water is at least half way up the floodwall. (While I was writing this, the view from the 2nd camera disappeared — it showed the river flowing over the Executive Inn berm.) The river will crest in Paducah on Thursday.
I grew up in New Orleans less than 10 blocks from the Mississippi River and its levee. There’s something fascinating to me about the force of nature vs. our man-made levees and walls.