Monday, January 23, 2012

1937 Ohio River Flood

This week will mark the 75th anniversary of one of the worse floods that Ripley, Ohio has ever endured.  After the rainiest January on record, the Ohio River overflowed its banks sending destruction into the homes, businesses, and lives of the town's citizens.

The photos below were taken on Second Street near Market Street.  My Becker great-grandparents, Louis and Amy, lived about a block away on this same street, as did my Haitz grandparents, George and Janet and their two year old daughter.  I can only imagine what they must have gone through to escape the rising water with a toddler, not to mention the mess that they must have returned to when the water receded.

The 1937 flood in Ripley, Ohio

This is the same view today.

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