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The Cincinnati Flood.
In 1937, the Ohio River reached a flood stage of 80 feet at Cincinnati, Ohio...never before or since have we seen such a disaster. From Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Cairo, Illinois, the newspaper headlines of January 1937 confirmed everyone’s worst fears, “River Still Rising”.
Fueled by torrential rains, the Ohio River and its tributaries ravaged towns and cities along their banks. The floodwaters showed no mercy, completely disregarding station in life of its victims. Businesses, homes, and entire communities were reduced to rubble. Those lucky enough to live on higher ground had to contend with food, water and power rationing. With a death toll of more than 350 people, an estimated 1,000,000 individuals left homeless and damages set at $500 million, this disaster ranks as one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history.


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Water Way - Cincinnati Ohio

Water Way - Cincinnati Ohio

Tin Cans - Cincinnati Ohio

Tin Cans - Cincinnati Ohio

2nd Story Garage - Cincinnati Ohio

2nd Story Garage - Cincinnati Ohio

Canoes in Northside - Cincinnati Ohio

Canoes in Northside - Cincinnati Ohio

Northside Scene - Cincinnati Ohio

Northside Scene - Cincinnati Ohio

Northside Flooded - Cincinnati Ohio

Northside Flooded - Cincinnati Ohio

Hamilton Avenue Boats - Cincinnati Ohio

Hamilton Avenue Boats - Cincinnati Ohio

Railway Swamp - Cincinnati Ohio

Railway Swamp - Cincinnati Ohio

Under Water - Cincinnati Ohio

Under Water - Cincinnati Ohio

Fire and Water - Cincinnati Ohio

Fire and Water - Cincinnati Ohio

Destruction - Cincinnati Ohio

Destruction - Cincinnati Ohio

Water Failure - Cincinnati Ohio

Water Failure - Cincinnati Ohio

Ohio River Flooded - Cincinnati Ohio

Ohio River Flooded - Cincinnati Ohio

Flooded Riverfront - Cincinnati Ohio

Flooded Riverfront - Cincinnati Ohio

Lunken Field - Cincinnati Ohio

Lunken Field - Cincinnati Ohio

Front Street Flood - Cincinnati Ohio

Front Street Flood - Cincinnati Ohio

Newport Kentucky Under Water

Newport Kentucky Under Water