Lake Okeechobee, FL Thousands Die In Hurricane, Sep 1928
Bodies recovered at Okeechobee City: FRANK GODWIN, 60; LUCILLE COOK, 3; EUGENE COOK, 3 months; WILLIAM LEE, 79; JASPER LEE, 40; _____ LEE, girl, 2; JESSE STEVENS, 3; WINIFRED FRAZIER, 7; ROBERT LIGHTSEY, 6 months; PAULA RUTH UPTHEGROVE, 5; ROBERT UPTHEGROVE, 4; ELBERT UPTHEGROVE, 7.
Known drowned: DAMON UPTHEGROVE, 23; Eight persons of STEPHENS and FRAZIER families; Five members of the ROBERTS family; Three members of the YEATH family; SYLVESTER ARNOLD; SIMON CARTER; BILL WALDRON.
Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 19 (AP) -- While the remnant of last week's West Indian hurricane was veering toward the Virginia capes, Florida today canvassed a reported known death list of 250, casualties in the thousands, and an emergency requiring military aid and immediate relief.
For the first time since Sunday, when the hurricane struck the mainland just south of West Palm Beach, comprehensive figures on the dead and official computation of damage were becoming available.
Prefacing his estimate with the statement that "this storm can't be exaggerated." HOWARD SELBY, chairman of Palm Beach County Red Cross committee last night said the death toll in the county alone, one of the worst hit areas of the state, would range around 400, and that damage would be $25,000,000. Senator JOE T. ROBINSON, Democratic vice presidential nominee who left the area last night after donating the use of his private car, said damage was estimated at between $70,000,000 and $100,000,000.
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But out of the border towns of Lake Okeechobee came word of the greatest loss of life, the missing reported by various relief committees ranging around 300. The hurricane swept up a huge wave in the lake which overran the countryside all along the eastern shore from Okeechobee City on the north to Belle Glade on the southern tip. The dead as verified by competent authorities, however, was 32 identified.
Confronted by this emergency, Governor JOHN MARTIN authorized military units to proceed into the stricken areas from Tampa, Arcadia and other points, giving Adjutant General V. B. COLLINS authority to confer with the Red Cross at West Palm Beach and use his troops accordingly.
On receipt of reports by the Red Cross at Miami, which escaped harm, that conditions were "extremely critical" from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, the governor sent a telegram to CHARLES H. MANN, president of the state board of health, which asked fullest cooperation.
Meanwhile, the United States army had cooperated to the extent of sending 1,000 army cots from the fourth corps area headquarters at Fort McPherson, Ga., and seven disaster relief workers were moving into the West Palm Beach area from the Washington offices of the Red Cross. The United States public health service had authorized a representative to cooperate from Jacksonville and planned to expedite delivery of antitoxins.
Typhoid and other serums were badly needed, particularly in the Okeechobee section, where sanitary conditions were extremely serious. Relief workers sent in from Miami reported that 150 bodies had been counted south of Fahokee, and only 11 had been moved into the town due to poor facilities. Many were left on dykes to await trucks.
Apparently serious conditions obtained in Florida only on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, and in the Palm Beach Area, which embraced Pompano, Deerfield, Delray, Boynton, Lake Worth, Canal Point and smaller adjoining communities.
Central Florida escaped harm of serious nature when the disturbance turned Monday morning somewhere east of Tamps, and struck toward Jacksonville. Minor damage was reported there, together with interrupted communication lines, conditions which obtained up the Atlantic coast as far north as the Carolinas. Western Florida escaped unscathed, and Clewiston and Moorehaven on the western side of Lake Okeechobee apparently escaped with only minor damage.