Clearfield-Curwensville, PA Area Flood, Mar 1936


Traffic Stopped Between Clearfield-Curwensville; Hyde City, Plymptonville Areas Face Real Danger


Flood warnings were broadcast here at an early hour this afternoon when the raging waters in the river, swollen to the highest level in nearly 20 years, approached within six inches of the 10-foot flood stage.

With the rain still pouring down heavily at 1:30 o’clock it was apparent that the water would raise higher than the 10-foot mark with serious danger that even the main section of town may be inundated.

A survey of conditions in this immediate vicinity at 1:30 this afternoon disclosed the water had left the river banks at more than a dozen places, inundated scores of houses and threatened to close the highway between here and Curwensville.

At the checkered bridge, the Bailey underpass, traffic was stopped shortly after 1:00 o’clock when the water left the river banks and overflowed the highway there to a depth of three feet. Traffic could move through yet at 1:30, but motorists were warned that they attempted to get through at their own risk. Water flowing down the creek from the Bailey settlement added to flood conditions at this point.

Between the Bailey under-pass and Kerr Addition the river had overflowed its banks at 1:30 in numerous places. At the mouth of Moose Creek the water rushing down the creek and backed up from the river had inundated a dozen properties and was lapping at the very doors of the State Highway maintenance sheds. Shortly after 1:00 o’clock the water was almost a foot higher at this point than it was at the peak last Thursday, and steadily rising.

Travel on the Kerr Addition road was stopped early this morning when the flood jumped the confines of the river bank and inundated the highway from Moose Creek bridge to below the B & O railroad bridge to a depth of five feet in some places.

The rushing waters in Moose Creek leaped the banks above Plymptonville and flooded that community in some places to a depth of more than a foot.

Hyde City experienced its worst flood in more than 20 years at 1:30 o’clock when the raging waters from Montgomery spilled over the banks and flooded almost half that community. The main highway in front of the Edgar Stage garage was covered to a depth of more than a foot and the water was steadily rising.

From Riverview to the Borough limits the water left the banks of the river in a half dozen places. The Latimer Gulich lands were flooded to a depth of more than three feet and the water approached within two feet of the main highway. On the other side of the river the water was up almost even with the Riverview nursery plant.

Fears were held shortly after 1:00 o’clock that the water would reach the main highway at Dead Man’s curve. Then it had overflowed the banks of the river into the park surrounding the Roll B. Thompson property and was only about six inches of coming up onto the highway. The Kennedy and Lee lands on the west bank of the river just above the upper dam were flooded also when the water left the river banks there. Also, the water overflowed onto the front lawn of the Dr. F. D. Leipold property.