Ohio River Flood 1937

January 13th- February 5th

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Location

The flood spread from Cairo, Illinois to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rivers Included

The only river involved was the Ohio River

Size of are affected

Damages from Cairo, Illinois to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Flood control measures that were in place

There were no flood control measures.

Recovery

The recovery included the federal government below President FDR , sent out thousands of WPA workers to help rescue and help the recovery. Also there were 500 million dollars in damages which would have been 8 million dollars today.
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Additional Facts

  • The Army Corp of engineers dispatched an entire fleet down the Cumberland River for rescue and relief.
  • Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky were all affected.
  • Bridges were too low to send recovery ships through there.

Map

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Timeline

January 5: Water levels began to rise.

January 10–18: Numerous flood warnings were issued across much of the region.

January 13–24: Near record rainfalls were recorded.

January 18: Numerous homes were flooded as the Ohio River started to overflow its banks due to the heavy rains.

January 23–24: Martial law was declared in Evansville, Indiana, where the water level was at 54 feet

January 26: River gauge levels reached 80 feet in Cincinnati, the highest level in the city's history.

January 27: River gauge reached 57 feet (17 m) in the Louisville area, setting a new record. Seventy percent of the city was under water at that time.

February 2: River gauge reached over 60 feet in Paducah, Kentucky.

February 5: Water levels fell below the flood stage for the first time in nearly three weeks in several regions.

Roberto Rivera

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