[old film & pictures] The Ohio River Flood of 1937 surpassed all prior floods during the previous 175 years – great historic films

The Ohio River flood of 1937 took place in late January and February 1937. With damage stretching from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois, one million people were left homeless, with 385 dead and property losses reaching $500 million ($8 billion in 2012 dollars). Federal and state resources were strained to aid recovery, as the disaster occurred during the depths of the Great Depression and a few years after the Dust Bowl.

The Great Flood of 1937 surpassed all prior floods during the previous 175 years of modern occupancy of the Ohio River Valley. The overall scope of the flood surpassed the major floods of 1884 and 1773, and geological evidence suggests the 1937 flood outdid any previous flood. Seventy percent of Louisville was submerged, forcing 175,000 residents to flee. Ninety percent of Jeffersonville, Indiana was flooded.

Downtown Huntington, West Virginia January, 1937

Huntington, West Virginia

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Traveling flooded streets in Kentucky in January 1937

Navigating flooded streets in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky 1937 floodLouisville, Kentucky

 Rising waters in Kentucky left a man stranded with his dog in January 1937

Rising waters in Kentucky

Coney Island flooded in 19371937-Flood-Coney

2nd Street in Ironton, Ohio1937_Flood_Ironton_03b

The scale of the 1937 flood was so unprecedented that civic and industrial groups lobbied national authorities to create a comprehensive plan for flood control.

In January 1937, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, District Engineer, MAJ Bernard Smith dispatched an entire fleet down the Cumberland River for rescue and relief work in response to the severe flooding. The bridges were too low to allow the vessels to pass under, so the vessels were forced to steam across farmland and bridge approaches, dodging telephone and power lines.

Grant Memorial Bridge in Point Pleasant, Ohio in 1937 flood

Grant Memorial Bridge in Point Pleasant, Ohio

The federal government under President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent thousands of area WPA workers to the affected cities to aid in rescue and recovery. It also sent supplies for food and temporary housing, and millions of dollars in aid after the floodwaters receded.

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2 Responses to [old film & pictures] The Ohio River Flood of 1937 surpassed all prior floods during the previous 175 years – great historic films

  1. Robert Anderson says:

    During this flood, the Bell Captain at the Brown Hotel in Louisville caught a fish in the lobby which is on the second floor level. The Brown Hotel still exists as a premier hotel.

  2. THESE PICTURES ARE SO MUCH OF OUR HISTORY. AND IT ALONG WITH SO MUCH MORE SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I LOVE WATCHING EVERY MINUTE OF THIS FILM. THESE MEN HAVE DONE SOMETHING THAT SO MANY HAVE DONE, AND THAT IS A MEMORY OF WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG..AND WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN WITHIN THEM..THANK YOU SO MUCH…PLEASE CONTINUE GIVEN US ALL THESE MEMORIES TAPED FOR US TO SEE THAT PART OF HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY…

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