Mahoning River Bridge Fire During 1913 Flood Photograph   Save
Description: This 5"" by 12"" (12.7 by 30.48 cm) photograph was taken during the 1913 flood in Warren, Ohio. The photograph depicts men battling a fire on the bridge within inches of the overflowing Mahoning River. Onlookers are carrying umbrellas, indicating that the fire, flood, and rain are all happening simultaneously. Warren, Ohio is the county seat of Trumbull County. It is approximately 20 miles upstream from Youngstown on the Mahoning River. In late March 1913, an unusually heavy rainstorm moved into Ohio. It rained steadily for five days and the streams all over Ohio rose rapidly. By the third day of the downpour, levees were overtopped and many towns suffered disastrous flooding. Great fires that raged unchecked added to the destruction and the loss of life. When the flood waters receded, tons of mud and debris covered the streets, homes, businesses and factories. The death toll stood at 361. Property damages were well over $100,000,000 and 65,000 were forced to temporarily leave their homes. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1626_1867274_001
Subjects: Transportation; Climate and Weather; Floods; Bridges; Fires; Fire fighters; Umbrellas; Rain
Places: Warren (Ohio); Trumbull County (Ohio)