Camden, OH, Bridge Collapses as Flooding Strikes Southwestern Ohio, May 1989

CINCINNATI, May 26— A temporary bridge across the swollen Great Miami River collapsed today and as many as four cars fell into the flood waters. The occupants of the cars were feared dead.

A child was found dead in a creek flooded by the same heavy rains, as widespread flooding in southwestern Ohio sent people scurrying to rooftops and high ground. One couple and their 10-year-old son were stranded on the roof of their house from morning until 5:30 P.M., when rescuers reached them by boat.

In Camden, southwest of Dayton, rescuers used lifelines and boats to lead 30 occupants of a trailer park through chest-high water to safety. About 200 of the town's 1,900 people were forced from their homes.

The New York Times, New York, New York, May 27, 1989