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1913 Flood

Trudy E. Bell, M.A,, now considered the foremost national authority on the Flood of 1913, in describing the effects of the flood is quoted as saying—

"This mammoth storm system with its ferocious tornadoes and floods set records for fatalities and flood heights that still stand today - and which dwarfed both Sandy and Katrina in geographical extent - created institutions that evolved into today's United Way, Red Cross, Rotary, IBM, and Cox Communications."

Map of area of 1913 Flood in Niles, Ohio PO1.1004

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Newspaper account of 1913 Flood.

Flooding from the four-day rain that began on Easter, March 23, 1913, however, was unprecedented and never to be equalled in the century that followed.
“It was attributable solely to an almost unceasing rain of four days and four nights, something akin to the biblical deluge,” Joseph Butler wrote in his first-hand account of the event. Although Mahoning River dwellers were forced to flee their homes, “it was the industries that suffered worst,” wrote Butler, the industrialist who founded the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngtown.

“All of these located in the river valley were put hopelessly out of operation, the water standing many feet deep in the mill buildings and covering the machinery.”
Immediately after the 1913 flood, the Ohio Legislature allowed the formation of conservancy districts and authorized counties to form three-member boards to construct and maintain flood-control structures.

In the Mahoning Valley, the Lake Milton dam was completed in 1916, forming the lake that would increase Youngstown’s industrial water supply and begin the creation of water-storage capacity to alleviate flooding here.
In the decades that followed, dams were built to create and regulate the water levels of Berlin, West Branch, Mosquito and Shenango River Lake reservoirs. Those lakes became part of a vast U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed network of water-storage lakes that would reduce downstream flooding, help maintain consistent river water depths and provide recreational boating opportunities.
Each fall, the Corps reduces water levels in these lakes to increase their capacity to store snow melt and spring rains, and thereby reduce downstream flooding.

“It was officially called the ‘reservoir design flood,’” for Berlin, Mosquito and West Branch, said Werner Loehlein, a hydraulic engineer with the Corps in Pittsburgh. Those lakes and dams were designed to withstand a recurrence of the 1913 flood, but with some water going over the dams’ emergency spillways, he explained.

“From a volume standpoint, it was a record flood,” Loehlein said. The 1913 flood consisted of “a bunch of intense rainstorms with short periods of little or no rain in between,” he added. Over the four days, the Mahoning Valley got between 7 and 9 inches of rain, Loehlein said, adding that rainfall averages were 8.8 inches in the west branch basin of the Mahoning River, 7.15 inches on the river’s main stem and 8.35 inches along Mosquito Creek, which flows into the river in Niles. — By PETER H. MILLIKEN | milliken@vindy.com

Gilmore Restaurant on South Main Sreet. during the 1913 floodGilmore Restaurant and Manhattan Hotel on South Main Sreet and Water Street during the 1913 flood.

Visible are people watching from second floor windows and standing on roof. The building is dated 1892.

 

 

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Damage to the Pitts house located on East Federal Street right by Mosquito Creek.Damage to the Pitts house located on East Federal Street right by Mosquito Creek.

1913 Flood.

 

 

 

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Main Street looking south from Mill Street during flood, March 1913.Main Street looking south from Mill Street during flood, March 1913.

 

 


 

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The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Aveenue during the 1913 flood.The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Aveenue during the 1913 flood.

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The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Aveenue during the 1913 flood.The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Avenue during the 1913 flood.

Kestner & McIntyre photographers.

 

 


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The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Aveenue during the 1913 flood.Pennsylvania RR station after the flood.

Kestner & McIntyre photographers. 1913.

 

 


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East Park Avenue bridge over Mosquito Creek and rear of buildings on ast. State Sreet.. 1913 flood.East Park Avenue bridge over Mosquito Creek and rear of buildings on ast. State Sreet.. 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

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South Main Street Niles, Ohio looking north from Penna. RR during flood March 1913.

 

 

 

 

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Looking north up Main Sreet. from bridgeLooking north up Main Sreet. from bridge

1913 flood.

 

 

 

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Looking south up Main Street from bridge. 1913 flood.Looking south up Main Street from bridge. 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

 

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Along South Main. 1913 flood Along South Main. 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

 

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South Main Street iron bridge was extensively damaged during the flood of 1913South Main Street iron bridge was extensively damaged during the flood of 1913.

 

 

 

 


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Downtown area during the flood. 1913Downtown area during the flood. 1913

View is of Water Street with the Manhattan Hotel on the left.

 

 

 

 

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1913 flood. Along South Main.1913 flood. Along South Main.

 

 

 

 


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South Main Street, Niles,Ohio looking north from Penna. RR during flood March 1913.South Main Street, Niles,Ohio looking north from Penna. RR during flood March 1913.

 

 

 

 

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Pennsylvania RR station after the flood of 1913. Pennsylvania RR station after the flood of 1913.

Credit to Kestner & McIntyre photographers.

 

 

 

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Pennsylvania passenger and freight stations in Niles during the January 1904 flood.

Photo by Cook and McIntyre.

 

 


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South Main Street looking north during the flood of 1913.South Main Street looking north during the flood of 1913.

The tall building in right background is the Hartzell Building at Main and State Streets.

 

 

 

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A photo of the Manhattan Hotel as seen from the northeast during the flood of 1913. Notice rowing boat in the foreground.

 

 

 

 

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Looking northwest from South Main Street bridge. The steeple of St. Stephen's Church can be seen at the upper right of photo.Looking northwest from South Main Street bridge. The steeple of St. Stephen's Church can be seen at the upper right of photo.

 

 

 

 

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Pennsylvania RR station after the flood of 1913.

 

 

 

 

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Mosquito Creek bridge over West Federal Street. At the height of the 1913 flood, the water was over the floor of the bridge. Mosquito Creek bridge over West Federal Street. At the height of the 1913 flood, the water was over the floor of the bridge.

 

 

 

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Postcard view of the 1913 flood that created havoc up and down the state. Taken from the Main Street bridge over the Mahoning River facing south. The building at the upper right is the Eagles Lodge building.Postcard view of the 1913 flood that created havoc up and down the state. Taken from the Main Street bridge over the Mahoning River facing south. The building at the upper right is the Eagles Lodge building.

 


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A photo of the South Main water tower on the right.A photo of the South Main water tower on the right.

The tower was located on Water Street.

 

 

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Ohio Galvanizing & Mfg. Co.during 1913 flood.Ohio Galvanizing & Mfg. Co.during 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

 

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The old Russia Sheet Mill during the 1913 flood.The old Russia Sheet Mill during the 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

 

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The frame streetcar waiting station on Robbins Avenue, along Mosquito Creek on the north side of the street, just east of the overpass for the railroad. Note the streetcar barn in the background.The frame streetcar waiting station on Robbins Avenue, along Mosquito Creek on the north side of the street, just east of the overpass for the railroad. Note the streetcar barn in the background.

 

 

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Niles Firebrick in the 1913 flood. Niles Firebrick in the 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

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Flood as it affected the Niles Firebrick PlantFlood as it affected the Niles Firebrick Plant

Employees got a vacation without pay. 1913 Flood.

 

 

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A postcard photo of the 1913 flood as seen from the rooftops of Main Street looking south from town.A postcard photo of the 1913 flood as seen from the rooftops of Main Street looking south from town.

Southside Pesbyterian is visible in the far right.

 

 

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Empire Iron and Steel in the background. Railroad cars were placed on the county bridge at right to keep it from washing away. Empire Iron and Steel in the background. Railroad cars were placed on the county bridge at right to keep it from washing away.

1913 flood.

 

 


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The old Empire Steel Mill on the south side of the Mahoning River, during the January 1904 flood, in the area of today's Ohio Edison plantThe old Empire Steel Mill on the south side of the Mahoning River, during the January 1904 flood, in the area of today's Ohio Edison plant

Photo by Cook & McIntyre.

 

 

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January 1904 flood in Niles . January 1904 flood in Niles .

West view along the Pennsyvania tracks from Main St. The city water works is in the left background.

 

 


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A general view of the 1913 flood.A general view of the 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

 

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An Erie Train sneaking out of Niles OhioAn Erie Train sneaking out of Niles Ohio

The streetcar waiting station can be seen under the trestle.

1913 Flood.

 




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Erie railroad bridge at Church Street in Niles during the Flood of 1913 in March.Erie railroad bridge at Church Street in Niles during the Flood of 1913 in March.

 

 

 

 

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The Southside Presbyterian Church during the 1913 flood.The Southside Presbyterian Church during the 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 


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Third Street School, or Garfield School as it was known. 1913 Flood.Third Street School, or Garfield School as it was known. 1913 Flood.

 

 

 

 


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Sam Parks farmhouse in the background.Sam Parks farmhouse in the background.

Bridge was located on West Park Avenue in Niles.

The "Red Bridge" or high iron bridge. 1913 Flood.

 

 

 

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A photo of a view from First Street looking across the river to the north during the 1913 flood.A photo of a view from First Street looking across the river to the north during the 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

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The Mahoning River in full spate from the south side of Niles looking north toward St. Stephen's Church & school. 1913 flood. The Mahoning River in full spate from the south side of Niles looking north toward St. Stephen's Church & school. 1913 flood.

 

 

 

 

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The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Avenue during the 1913 flood. The streetcar waiting station on Robbins Avenue during the 1913 flood.

The street cars are marooned on Robbins Ave. 1913 Flood.

 

 

 


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Marooned by flood on Park Avenue Niles Ohio March 26th, 1913.Marooned by flood on Park Avenue Niles Ohio March 26th, 1913.

Credit for photo is given to Kestner & McIntyre

 

 

 

 

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In the flood of 1913, this was one of the houses along the river.In the flood of 1913, this was one of the houses along the river.

 

 

 

 

 

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A postcard photo from the 1913 flood, showing Mill St. (now W. State St.). The Flory boarding house is located in the center rear at the corner of Chestnut and State.A postcard photo from the 1913 flood, showing Mill St. (now W. State St.). The Flory boarding house is located in the center rear at the corner of Chestnut and State.

 

 

 

 

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Picture of home in South side during the flood 1913.Picture of home in South side during the flood 1913.

 

 

 

 


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The location of the Niles Daily Times in later years, this is the corner of West State & Arlington.The location of the Niles Daily Times in later years, this is the corner of West State & Arlington.

Credit for photo given to Kestner & McIntyre.

1913 Flood.

 



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State Street during 1913 Flood.State Street during 1913 Flood.

 

 

 

 


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