Lake Okeechobee, FL Thousands Die In Hurricane, Sep 1928
HUNDREDS OF KNOWN DEATHS IN FLORIDA; DAMAGE $30,000,000.
200 ALREADY BURIED IN OKEECHOBEE AREA; REPORTS DRIBBLE IN FROM OTHER SECTORS.
CONDITIONS IN STRICKEN AREA ARE GROWING WORSE EVERY MINUTES. SANITATION IS BAD.
West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 19 (AP) -- HOWARD SELBY, chairman of the Palm Beach County Red Cross organization, told a conference of relief workers this morning that to date bodies of 200 persons, victims of the hurricane had been buried in the local cemeteries.
The bodies, half of them of white persons, came from the region about Lake Okeechobee, SELBY said.
"Conditions in the stricken area are growing worse every minute," SELBY said. "About 8,000 persons in the lake region are in desperate need of clothing, food and medical aid."
"They have been standing in water for hours and hours and there are a number of cases of double pneumonia. There are about 1,000 homeless in the county."
"The estimated damage of Palm Beach County, place yesterday at $25,000,000, now is nearer $30,000,000."
"Sanitation conditions in the lake regions are terrible," SELBY said. "Although conditions along the coast are fairly good. In the lake region, two companies of state national guard troops arrived last night and are on duty. The sections around Pakokee and Canal Point, are under military control."
"Clothing especially, shoes, are badly needed."
Sheriff BOB BAKER of Palm Beach County and a squad of deputies who went to Pahokee, Canal Point and South Bay to bring in needs of the the storm victims said on their return today that the outboard motor boats in which they went were "wholly inadequate" to meet their needs. The sheriff said a sea skiff would be taken into the area today, stationed at strategic point as a base of operations and that motor boats would bring the dead to the skiff. He said most of the dead were negroes.
Relief workers have sent emergency supplies in boats to the lake area. Coast guard rum chasers have gone up New river from the base of Fort Lauderdale to aid in the rescue and relief work.
Some bodies have been taken to Fort Pierce for burial. Reports reaching relief headquarters here said.
SELBY said he had received very few reports of looting in the stricken areas in this county and elsewhere.
SEARCH FOR BODIES.
Okeechobee City, Fla., Sept. 19 (AP) -- National guardsmen and civilians continued the work today of searching for bodies around the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, where the tropical disturbance struck Sunday night, while Red Cross workers, military forces and citizens continued rehabilitation the town, begun on Monday morning as early as it was possible to muster forces.
Four Red Cross workers under temporary direction of MRS. F. B. MOSS, of Washington, D. C., have thoroughly organized all relief work to eliminate duplication. A trained field representative from Washington was expected today to take charge of the section around the lake while A. L. SCHAFER, also of Washington, with 10 field workers was reported to be enroute to West Palm Beach this morning, to have charge of relief work around that city.
Military forces here are under command of Major ROGER LYLE, of Bartowl. They are patrolling the streets, caring for the dead and combing the saw grass for additional bodies.
The first complete relief train, from Haines City, reached here last night with food, clothing, medical supplies and equipment. West Palm Beach, badly damaged, was one of the first cities to respond to calls for aid. Officials there said they had little, but they would gladly share it with other needy people.
There is an ample supply of food here, but bedding, clothing and mattresses are desired. Additional medical supplies including serum of various kinds are sought to prevent disease.