Salem, NC Reservoir Breaks, Nov 1904

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SEVENTEEN KILLED IN RESERVOIR ACCIDENT.

SALEM, N.C., PEOPLE DROWNED AS THEY SLEPT IN THEIR HOMES -- WALL OF BIG TANK GIVES WAY.

Salem, N.C., Nov. 2. -- The north wall of the brick reservoir of the Winston water works burst at 5 o'clock this morning, killing ten or more persons, white and colored. The water swept away a number of dwellings. The cause of the disaster has not been ascertained.
Seven are known to be dead and many are missing. When the wall of the reservoir collapsed it buried the home of MARTIN PEOPLES with his family.
Thirteen residences were destroyed and one and one-half million gallons of water escaped, devastating over a mile of territory.
The colored settlement in the vicinity of the reservoir was entirely wrecked, and negroes are working to rescue the victims. The cause of the accident was the overflow of the reservoir.
It is not known who is responsible for the accident. The reservoir burst without warning, the victims being drowned while asleep in bed. One couple floated on a bed for five hundred yards. Neither were injured.
The dead are:
MRS. PEOPLES.
MRS. JOHN PEOPLES and Daughter.
THOMAS SOUTHERN.
Five Negroes.
It is believed the dead will reach seventeen. The victims are pinned under the debris of the wrecked houses.
Many bodies were washed into Beloe's Pond, a mile away. The pond is being dragged for the bodies.

Tri City Star Davenport Iowa 1904-11-02