Johnstown flood

by: Nadine M, Ronza A, Ryan E

date of flood:

The flood occurred on May 31, 1889


The location where the flood occurred was at South Fork East Conemaugh, Johnstown PA.

Rivers Involved

The rivers that were involved in the flood were the Sony creek, and Little Conemaugh River.

Flood Control Measures that were in place:

The flood control measures that were in place of the flood was the South Fork Dam.

Fast Facts:

  • The flood killed 2,200 people
  • 777 people were never identified, their remains were buried in the "plot of the unknown" at a cemetery in Westmont,
  • Clara Barton Led the American Red cross, 50 volunteers undertook a major disaster relief effort.
  • Johnstown was home to 3,000 people.
  • Property damage worth $17 million.
  • Total death was 2,209 making the disaster the largest loss of a lot of lives in the U.S.
  • All of the water from Lake Conemaugh rushed forward at 40 miles per hour.
  • Working seven days and nights workmen replaced huge stone railroads viaduct, which had been nearly destroyed by the flood.
  • People blamed members of the South Fork fishing and hunting club for their modifications to the Dam and failure to maintain its property.

Recovery: How long?!

It took 5 years for the water to recede and it also took 5 years to recover from the flood and the damages that came with it.