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The Flood of 1913

Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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The Flood of 1913 One hundred years ago this week, a series of three low pressure systems arrived over the mid-west one after the other as another low pressure system in the east acted as a road block. Stalled, they dumped 12 trillion gallons of water on the Ohio Valley, causing widespread floods and causing a thousand deaths, half of them in Ohio. Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we look back at the flood of 1913. A century later, could it happen again?


Arts and Culture, History, Environment, Government/Politics


Sarah Jamison, Hydrologist, National Weather Service
Trudy E. Bell, science and technology writer from Lakewood

Additional Information

Researchers trying to put flood of 1913 back in public’s consciousness on its 100th anniversary
Trudy E. Bell Articles and Research
Expert says Ohio’s 1913 flood was part of country’s No. 1 weather event
National Weather Service
Our National Calamity: The Great Easter 1913 Flood

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