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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has developed flood inundation maps for a 17 mile stretch of the Licking River. These maps include the City of Falmouth and provide the public with a way to view current and predicted river levels. With the unique hands-on tool provided by this project, citizens can evaluate river flooding before it occurs.  You select various river stages with a slider bar and then see what locations the rise in water would impact.  

For example, if the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts the river stage will rise to 40 feet at the Catawba Rive Gauge, people will be able to go online, move a slider bar to that predicted level and view what areas of the City would be effected by that 40 foot river stage. This will be an extremely useful tool in flood preparedness and for being aware of the impacts at various flood stages along the Licking River.

To use the tool:
1.    Click here for the Flood Mapper tool.

2.    Read the disclaimer and click the OK button.

3.    Zoom into Pendleton County and Falmouth.

4.    Click on one of the two green triangles.

  • North of Falmouth is the Catawba Gauge
  • Southwest of Falmouth is the Hayes Station Gauge.

5.    Two slider bars will pop up that you can move up and down to various river levels.

6.    You will see the river levels change as you move the bar.

7.    You can also click on the “Basemaps” to see aerial views (Imagery/Labels) of the city.

The project is a collaborative effort of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the National Weather Service (NWS), Army Corps of Engineers and local Elected Officials.

Flood Mapper Website

Most of the quotes and photos used in the video below are courtsey of the
Falmouth Outlook.