GREAT FLOOD OF ’37 (1937)

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The year is 1937. From late-January through February, the Ohio River Valley was hit with a month of heavy rain. The Ohio River crested at 30 feet above flood level at Louisville, Kentucky 77 years ago today. The “Great Flood of ’37” submerged more than half the city, forcing the evacuation of some 175,000 residents. In September 2013, we featured another photo from this scene, which we titled “The American Way” after the billboard on the side of the building. Louisville residents wait in line to use the services of a local Red Cross relief station, in this image by photo journalist Margaret Bourke-White. Color is by David Chrenko from American Photo Colorizing.

Louisville, KY - Great Ohio River Valley Flood (1937)(O)

1937 - Louisville Flood

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