Snapshots: The Great Flood of 1914

Northside Flood - February 1914

Intersection of Ludlow and Barnham Streets, in the city’s Northside section, during the Great Flood of 1914. The late-January flood was a result of an unseasonable warm spell dumping the melted remains of the Great Blizzard of 1914 (which itself had also indirectly led to the Cronin & Sons sawdust factory explosion) into the already swollen banks of the Ostahanoc River.

The flood, plus the Great Downtown Fire of 1911, the Great Carsonhurst Tornado of 1912, the Great Tin-Cart Riots of Late 1913 and the deaths of two mayors from a flu epidemic in late 1914, helped to cement city’s reputation as a center for disaster and instability that would last for years.
– RJ White

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3 comments for “Snapshots: The Great Flood of 1914

  1. Felix Bunay
    February 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Is anybody surprised by the influenza epidemic in light of these other public health disasters?

    Although, having the influenza in 1914 might have spared our city the full effect of the world-wide epidemic of 1918. Just don’t mention that during our next exchange day with Ushuaia.

  2. Kathy Barnham
    February 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for publishing this picture. My grandmother says that her father had bought the family a canoe for Christmas that year, and they all laughed at him, saying, “You’ll never get that thing in the water!” Fortunately, they were able to use it to get to church till the water receded.

  3. Susan
    March 2, 2008 at 4:04 am

    Maybe he had a feeling the canoe was going to come in use….Gut feeling I guess payed off..

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