Portsmouth, Ohio Flood
PORTSMOUTH IN FLOOD'S GRASP
Broad Famine Adds Terror to the Homeless.
Portsmouth, O., Jan. 20.-A terrific storm
and the sudden breaking of the levees caused
Portsmouth a night of terror and today found
only a few scattered portions of the city had
escaped the flood. Hundreds of people were
asleep when the rush of the waters of the Scioto
came and scores had remarkable escapes from
drowning. The water rose so rapidly that people
had no time to save anything. Few could render
any assistance to the helpless. It was necessary
to chop in roofs to rescue some imprisoned
Many found refuge in box cars and on house tops
The men in charge of the flood pumping station
were forced to desert their posts and flee for
their lives, leaving the structure in flames.
The river has reached 61.3 which is the highest
record since the flood of 1884, but it is now
about stationary. It is estimated that 10,000
people in this city and suburbs have been driven
from their homes.
A fierce gale tore some houses and stables from
their foundations and swept them down stream.
Street car traffic has been entirely suspended
and all railroad trains have been annulled.
A bread famine and a lack of water, gas and
light supply combined to make the situation
Morning World-Herald, Omaha, NE 21 Jan
Portsmouth, O., Jan 19.-The Ohio river
passed the 59-foot mark and the outlook is
decidedly serious. Flood defenses can not resist
rising water much longer, and a great property
damage is a certain result. Business is
paralyzed. All the shoe factories and many other
leading industries are shut down. Merchants on
the principal streets are moving and are
boarding up their store fronts. The additional
schools have been thrown open for use of the
flood sufferers, 1,000 of whom have been forced
to flee from their homes. It is still raining.
The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 19 Jan
Levees Gave Way.
Portsmouth, O., Jan 21.-A terrific storm and
the sudden breaking of the levees caused
Portsmouth a night of terror. Only a few
scattered portions of the city have escaped the
flood. Hundreds of people were asleep in their
homes when the mad rush of the waters from the
Scioto came, and scores had remarkable escapes
from drowning. The water rose so rapidly that
people had no time to save anything, and few
could render any assistance to the helpless. It
was necessary to chop in the roof to rescue some
imprisoned families. Many found refuge in box
cars and on housetops. Much live stock was lost.
The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 21 Jan
Almost the entire business section of
Portsmouth was under water and the entire north
and west end floodbound, while 5,000 people
driven from their homes were sheltered in
schools and churches, and the city was without
gas or water service.
The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 22 Jan
Articles transcribed by Linda
Houston. Thanks, Linda!
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