Evansville, IN Flood, Jan 1937

The troops, assisted by other agencies, battled against the rising waters to evacuate the whole river territory from the distillery city of Lawrenceburg, on the Ohio border, to Mount Vernon, Indiana’s westernmost city.

The homeless army was estimated by Major Harry Willet, aide to General Straub at 55,000.

Six deaths from exposure were reported from Lawrenceburg.

Jeffersonville, Lawrenceburg, Aurora, New Albany and Evansville were the worst hit cities.

Guardsmen reported they had to use bayonets to force many residents to leave attics and higher buildings in danger zones.

Evansville, fearing the worst, grimly prepared for higher water. Already a third of the city was inundated.

The Times Recorder, Zanesville, OH 26 Jan 1937


Evansville, Ind. – Relief army of 10,000 moves to evacuate residents of all Ohio river territory. One third of city submerged. All southern counties under martial law.

The Times Recorder, Zanesville, OH 26 Jan 1937


Evansville Believes Water Menace Over but Fears Fire and Pestilence

INDIANPOLIS, Jan. 28 – (UP) – As the crest of the Ohio rivers devastating flood waters moved on Evansville, a military-dominated council met in Indianapolis tonight to map new defenses against pestilence and despair along southern Indiana’s 250-mile flood front.

The problem of caring for the state’s homeless – estimated by relief authorities at 75,000 – was reported by Adjutant General Elmer F. Straub as “well in hand.”

Evansville, which had feared the worst, believed its real danger from the water is over. The weather bureau there said the flood crest would not exceed 53.5 feet. Disease and fire were now the principal threats to this important industrial city, nearly a third of which was flooded.

The Times Recorder, Zanesville, OH 29 Jan 1937


55,000 Homeless

Evansville, Ind., Jan. 25. –Fifty-five thousand persons were homeless today in southern Indiana floods, the National Guard reported.

Six deaths from exposure were reported.

Disease threatened many of the thousands who escaped with their lives only to suffer from hunger, cold and thirst.

Gov. M. Clifford Townsend declared martial law in thirty-three counties.

The river, highest in history, continued to rise.

Evansville feared the worst. The floodwaters already had taken a third of the city.

The Frederick Post, Frederick MD 26 Jan 1937


Auto Industry Goes to Aid of Flood Victims

Chrysler, unable to ship automobiles from its Evansville, Ind., assembly plant because of flooded tracks, has thrown the buildings open to flood refugees. Chrysler managers at Evansville and New Castle, Ind., also were instructed to aid in building boats – one of the greatest needs in the area.

Ford dealers, so the company was informed, have placed their resources – trucks, men and building space – at the disposal of the Red Cross in the collection and distribution of food, clothing and medicine.

General Motors has contributed $25,000 to the flood relief fund, and Chrysler has contributed a total of $15,000 from plants in Evansville.

New Castle, Dayton, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Detroit. Besides this a great fleet of trucks has been turned over to army officers and relief workers.

Nevada State Journal, Reno, NV 31 Jan 1937

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