1937 Flood 80th Anniversary

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/31/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Evansville Central Library

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In January and Feburary of 1937, the river rose to a record 53.74 feet (19 feet above flood stage), sending water over the riverfront plaza in Evansville. Martial law was declared on January 24 and the federal government sent some 4,000 WPA workers to the city to assist rescue operations.

In all, damage stretched from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois and left roughly one million people homeless and 385 people dead. Property losses reached $500 million, equivalent to $8.7 billion today.

Through presentation, join us as Dr. Robert Reid commemorates the 80th anniversary of the 1937 Flood at Central Library on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. This event begins at 7:00 pm.

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