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1913 Flood Exhibit at the Allen County Museum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:45 AM

One hundred years ago, beginning on Easter Sunday, a series of successive late winter storms ripped through the midwest causing death and destruction in many states. Ohio was especially hard hit by what became known as the Great Flood of 1913. Virtually every part of the state was under water. Nearly 500 people lost their lives and the damage to property soared to millions of dollars.

On March 25, 1913, Lima residents anxiously watched the Ottawa River rise to unprecedented levels. Fire, police and volunteer responders used boats and skiffs to rescue stranded residents. The swiftly moving current took chicken coops, outhouses, pianos, and even the Central Avenue bridge. By the next day, hundreds of residents were homeless. Lima experienced one fatality in the flood.

In remembrance of the Great Flood of 1913, the Allen County Museum will be featuring a photo panel display of local flood images from the collections of the Allen County Historical Society. The exhibit will be on display for the remainder of this year.

The Museum is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed holidays and Mondays. For more information call the Museum at 419-222-9426.


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