Flood marks 75th anniversary
HUNTINGTON -- One of Huntington's biggest historical events started 75 years ago this month.
Huntington fell victim to the 1937 flood after a Jan. 6 storm brought heavy snow followed by heavy rains. On Jan. 19, 1937, the Ohio River surpassed the flood stage of 50 feet in Huntington. By Jan. 28, the river crested at 69.45 feet, nearly 19.5 feet above flood stage. The river didn't fall below flood stage until Feb. 25. The flood left five people dead and 25,000 homeless.
Nearly half of those applied for Red Cross aid. Flood damage in the city was estimated at $25 million. To browse through photos of the flood, go to www.herald-dispatch.com and click on the Multimedia page. Under the Historical Photos section, you will find a gallery of photos from the flood.
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