1937 Flood by Pat Sides


January 1937

The drought and record heat in the summer of 1936 claimed thousands of lives across the nation, but the fall and early winter overcompensated with record precipitation in the form of rain and snow.

Towns along the Ohio River were especially affected by the event that came to be known as the Great Flood of 1937. At Evansville, the river crested at just over 54 feet in early February – still, a record — and thanks to Pigeon Creek, much of the city lay under high water for about six weeks, bringing most activities to a standstill.

This image shows a stalled streetcar at the intersection of Washington Avenue and what is today Highway 41, looking east toward Enlow Field (left) and Bosse High School.1937 Flood


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