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THis photo dated Jan. 28, 1937, shows the 1937 flood's effect on the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 20th Street in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON -- The Ohio River hit its peak in Huntington this day 75 years ago.

On Jan. 28, 1937, the river crested at 69.45 feet, or nearly 19.5 feet above flood stage. Just to give you an idea how high that is, the Ohio River was at 32.54 feet around noon on Friday and is expected to rise to 41.6 feet by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The flood in 1937 started after a Jan. 6 storm brought heavy snow followed by heavy rains. 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.

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