The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937

The Thousand Year Flood The Ohio Mississippi Disaster of In the early days of the Ohio River swollen by heavy winter rains began rising And rising And rising By the time the waters crested the Ohio and Mississippi had climbed to record heights Near

  • Title: The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937
  • Author: David Welky
  • ISBN: 9780226887166
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the early days of 1937, the Ohio River, swollen by heavy winter rains, began rising And rising And rising By the time the waters crested, the Ohio and Mississippi had climbed to record heights Nearly four hundred people had died, while a million had run from their homes The deluge caused than half a billion dollars of damage at a time when the Great DepreIn the early days of 1937, the Ohio River, swollen by heavy winter rains, began rising And rising And rising By the time the waters crested, the Ohio and Mississippi had climbed to record heights Nearly four hundred people had died, while a million had run from their homes The deluge caused than half a billion dollars of damage at a time when the Great Depression still battered the nation.Timed to coincide with the flood s seventy fifth anniversary, The Thousand Year Flood is the first comprehensive history of one of the most destructive disasters in American history David Welky first shows how decades of settlement put Ohio valley farms and towns at risk and how politicians and planners repeatedly ignored the dangers Then he tells the gripping story of the river s inexorable rise residents fled to refugee camps and higher ground, towns imposed martial law, prisoners rioted, Red Cross nurses endured terrifying conditions, and FDR dispatched thousands of relief workers In a landscape fraught with dangers from unmoored gas tanks that became floating bombs to powerful currents of filthy floodwaters that swept away whole towns people hastily raised sandbag barricades, piled into overloaded rowboats, and marveled at water that stretched as far as the eye could see In the flood s aftermath, Welky explains, New Deal reformers, utopian dreamers, and hard pressed locals restructured not only the flood stricken valleys, but also the nation s relationship with its waterways, changes that continue to affect life along the rivers to this day.A striking narrative of danger and adventure and the mix of heroism and generosity, greed and pettiness that always accompany disaster The Thousand Year Flood breathes new life into a fascinating yet little remembered American story.

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    1. First, I want to thank the author for thoroughly reseaching this topic. You can tell he put a lot of time and effort into his research. There was a lot of tedious detail in the book, though. Differing opinions on how to prevent flooding like this and legal debating in Washington on who would be in charge of any projects and which projects would be done, took up a lot of the book. I read this book on my Kindle DX and the footnotes and citations took up at least the last 30% of the book.The best p [...]

    2. I was a very young child in 1937 living in a small town on the Ohio River. I remember bits and pieces and the fact that my father came for us in the middle of the night and took us to Indianapolis. Bit and pieces have now become a full story as well as a lot of history of the era.

    3. I just really couldn't get into this book. It was interesting, sure, but failed to hold my attention. I found myself rereading some paragraphs and skipping ahead several pages to get to the point. Started off well enough but I just felt bogged down by it all.

    4. Very interesting but more information then I really needed to knowhe goes in depth about western expansion cause and effect on the rivers and creeks,etc. Excellent research.

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