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Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever

Geoff Williams.
Publisher Pegasus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.55 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781605985312
Pages/Publication Date 356/2013
Daedalus Item Code 64208
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Second only to the Johnstown Flood of 1889 for loss of life, the Great Flood of 1913 began on March 23rd with a series of deadly late-winter tornadoes, killing hundreds in Nebraska and other Midwest states. Then the freezing rain began, and moisture-laden low-pressure systems merged and stalled over the Ohio River Valley, lingering for days and flooding its tributaries, hitting Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania the hardest. It was the nation's most widespread flood ever, and it left more than 700 people dead, hundreds of thousands of buildings and bridges destroyed, and millions of people homeless. Geoff Williams gives us a gripping, hour-by-hour account of a near-biblical disaster that led to major reforms in conservancy legislation.

"The meticulously researched account covers dramatic rescues, sorrowful endings, dishonest scams and political machinations. Williams builds a convincing argument that we continue to ignore lessons concerning the treatment of our beleaguered planet."Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Williams chronicles the devastation in a voice reminiscent of Mark Twain and James Thurber.... [His] crisp and colorful vernacular offers valuable insights on the causes of the Great Flood."Cleveland Plain Dealer

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