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Could it happen today?

April 8, 2013 By the time the devastatingly high waters of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers had receded in April 1913 from their 58.3 foot peak, the worst flood in the history of Marietta had come and gone. more »»

Much has changed in terms of protection from floods

April 8, 2013 More than 100 Ohio communities were left underwater by the March 1913 flood. More than 400 people in the state were killed as a result of the disaster, and nearly 36,000 homes were no longer livabl. more »»

With no federal disaster agency, Red Cross steps in

April 8, 2013 The 1913 flood was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States. more »»

Former resident shares boyhood memories of flood

April 8, 2013 By Carlos Burr Dawes, as told to Linda Showalter, December 1985. When the flood of 1913 came along, Father seemed to know more than anybody else about i. more »»

Some businesses of today survived the 1913 flood

April 8, 2013 When the raging waters from the Ohio and Muskingum rivers swept through Marietta during the 1913 flood, local businesses incurred tremendous damages. more »»

Q&A: Family-owned business survives all floods

April 8, 2013 Schafer Leather has been a family-owned business in Marietta since 1867 and has survived all of the floods that affected the downtown area during that time. more »»

1913 flood compared to today’s storms

April 8, 2013 How the flooding and tornadoes in the spring of 1913 stack up with recent natural disasters depends on what measures one uses. more »»

The debate over flood protection

April 8, 2013 Preventing floods in Marietta was no doubt a subject of debate long before the great flood of 1913 left 66 percent of the city underwate. more »»

Impact of severe floods often lingers

April 8, 2013 Living through a flood just comes with the territory when you’re one of the thousands of Washington County residents who lives near the area’s rivers and creeks. more »»

One woman’s unforgettable rescue from a severe flood

April 8, 2013 When the waters of Duck Creek started overflowing the banks on a hot summer day in 1998, Lower Salem resident Janet Kidd, 65, did not think much of i. more »»

Courthouse at the center of it all during floods

April 8, 2013 Walter and Lawrence managed to survive the 1913 flood and today they watch over downtown Marietta hoping never to see such a sight again. more »»

1913 flood, others part of local landmark’s history

April 8, 2013 The existence of a post office in Marietta dates almost back to the existence of Marietta itself. According to David Van Allen, corporate communications specialist for the U.S. more »»

Cutting edge bridge building followed flood

April 8, 2013 In the wake of the March 1913 flood 69 bridges had been heavily damaged or totally washed away along the Muskingum River Valley. more »»

1913 flood shortened usefulness of Ohio canal system

April 8, 2013 The Flood of 1913 hit Ohio tremendously hard, completely destroying the canal systems that allowed for goods to be distributed throughout the state. more »»

Early church withstands threats of flooding

April 8, 2013 In 1840, with no bridge over the Muskingum River connecting Harmar and downtown Marietta, it was so expensive for Harmar residents to take the ferry to church they decided to simply open their own o... more »»

River rising: ‘We are suffering, we need help’ local newspapers read

March 29, 2013 Weatherwise it was pretty certain that March 1913 would be going out like a lion in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Forecasts were calling for wind, snow and rain. more »»

River rising: ‘We are suffering, we need help’ local newspapers read

March 29, 2013 Weatherwise it was pretty certain that March 1913 would be going out like a lion in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Forecasts were calling for wind, snow and rain. more »»

Otto family shares its history of brothers’ store, flood

March 29, 2013 My father, Charles J. Otto, who inherited Otto Bros. Dept. Store in 1952, was just turning 5 years old in 1913. His shared stories about the 1913 flood and how it affected Otto Bro. more »»

And the rains came: Timeline for the days of 1913 flood

March 29, 2013 ¯ Easter Sunday, March 23—Winds ahead of a low-pressure system bring warm, moist air into the Ohio Valley. Temperatures rise from 30 degrees in the morning to 70 degrees that evenin. more »»

Damage in Marietta: Numbers help tell the story

March 29, 2013 Record-high floodwaters receding from Marietta at the end of March 1913 represented not the end of the city’s ordeal but the start of a new phas. more »»

Damage touched many Washington County communities

March 29, 2013 The murky waters of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers didn’t just strike Marietta in March 1913. more »»

Residents of today still fascinated with events of 1913

March 29, 2013 Events like floods are a topic of interest for the Sons and Daughters of the Pioneer Rivermen, the national riverboat historical society based in Mariett. more »»



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