Wausau, Wisconsin Flood
Wausau, Wis., July 24. -- Damage
estimated at $250,000 was caused by the breaking
of two dams in the Wisconsin river north of here
today. No lives were lost here but for a time it
was believed several farm houses had been
carried away. Although heavy damage was
done it was found no lives were lost.
Telephone communication was cut off.
Wausau was paralyzed today. Water, gas,
electric light and car service were cut off by
the water which stood a foot deep in the
business district. The flood began to
recede this afternoon. Damage to crops
will be heavy.
Heavy and incessant rain caused the flood.
Daily Commonwealth, Fond Du Lac, WI 24
Later reports are to the effect that the dams
at Merrill, Brokaw and Wausau had gone out, and
that the bridge at Wausau had been wrecked.
The Grand Rapids
Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI 24 Jul 1912
Wis., July 25. -- The flood that yesterday
swept down the Wisconsin river as a result of
the breaking of two dams north of here is
receding today and conditions in Wausau
are assuming normal. The total loss will
not exceed $250,000 with no casualties.
In Wausau today street car and electric
service has been resumed. The fire
department is kept busy pumping out basements in
the business district and scores of merchants
will suffer heavy loss from damaged wares.
The report that the big power dam at Merrill
twenty miles north of here had gone out, proved
untrue with the resumption of telegraph service
to day. The flood is gradually receding
and all present danger is past.
Daily Commonwealth, Fond Du Lac, WI 25
The big paper mills which depend on water
power to operated, face a serious situation
today. With rush orders for printed paper
at hand they will be unable to operate for at
least a period of two weeks until the big power
dams are repaired.
Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, NE, 25 Jul 1912