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Peru, IN Flood, Mar 1913

The only communication with Peru today was maintained over a feeble telephone line.

Much food, clothing and blankets have arrived, but more help is needed.

Help the Survivors.

The difficulty of beginning anything like a death list was explained by the fact that the rescue parties devoted the entire day to carrying away the survivors who had climbed to perilous positions on icy roofs.

It was said that many of those taken to the hospital at Plymouth had become sick through drinking muddy water. To prevent this by supplying fresh water was one of the problems confronting the rescuers.

One of the rescue party who made the trip in the first boat that entered the city said, "We learned from the survivors that the flood rushed in upon the city about 10 o'clock Monday night. The river rose six feet in three hours. Warning had been given some of the residents but many failed to heed it.

"The cry to be saved from those who saw the first boat was heart-rendering. Some of them threatened to jump into the water, if we did not take them aboard. But it was impossible with the scant boat supply to take all away at once."

The State, Columbia, SC 27 Mar 1913

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HOUSE FULL OF BODIES.

Twelve Taken From Single Dwelling in Peru.

South Bend, Ind., March 26 -“ Twelve bodies were recovered in a single house in the southern part of Peru this afternoon. This was taken to indicate that the loss of life in that section of the city was great, as it was there that dwellings were completely submerged before the occupants could vacate.

"It is impossible to tell how many lives were lost at Peru," said the telephone message which brought the information to South Bend.

It was reported that six survivors were suffocated in the overcrowded court house. The weather had turned severely cold, adding to the misery of the unsheltered, but the flood is falling rapidly.

The State, Columbia, SC 27 Mar 1913

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