Omaha, NE Downtown Flood, Jun 1925


Downtown Section Gets Heavy Drenching—North Part of City “Dry.”


The guage{sic} of the government weather bureau at the postoffice building recorded rainfall if 1.8 inches Saturday afternoon. The greater part of the fall occurred between 1:30 and 2:30 o’clock.

The deluge extended to most parts of the city, except to the north in Florence and Benson, where there were heavy showers but not to be compared to the near-cloudburst in the downtown district.

Railroads reported the rain to be local to Council Bluffs and Omaha.

Forty customers were forced to desert their meals at the Harrison cafeteria in the basement of the Woodmen of the World building when water backed up in sewer pipes and flooded the cafeteria with six inches of water. The restaurant management refunded the patrons’ meal checks.

Seventeen employes{sic} were put to work with mops, and the cafeteria was able to resume business within a short time. No damage was suffered to provisions. Incense was burned to overcome the fumes.

Across the hall, water covered portions of the floor in the Woodmen of the World barber shop. Six bathtubs were filled with back water from the overloaded sewer.


The Materson Millinery shop, 1311 Farnam street, and the Omaha Printing company, Thirteenth and Farnam streets, had water in their basements from overloaded sewers also, but no damage was suffered to stocks at either place. The Pope Drug company, Thirteenth and Farnam streets, also had water in its basement without damage to stocks.

Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE 14 Jun 1925