The flood of 1913: Then and now

(This is an excerpt from Farm and Dairy’s blog, The Social Silo)

By Jeff Statterly

This spring marks the 100 year anniversary of one of the greatest – and least talked about – natural disasters to ever hit the United States, and the worst in Ohio history.

A series of winter storms that hit the Ohio area the week of March 21, 1913, started a chain reaction that began with more than 10 inches of rain hitting the already over-saturated Great Miami watershed area.

The resulting runoff quickly swelled the Great Miami river and its tributaries to the breaking point, releasing a torrent of water. The flooding was ultimately responsible for hundreds dead, thousands homeless, and billions of dollars in damages upon much of the Midwest…

To read more about the flood of 1913 and to see additional photographs, visit The Social Silo.

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