Omaha, NE Area Tornado, Storms and Flooding, June 1935
FLOOD'S TOLL CLIMBING HIGH IN SIX STATES.
117 DEAD IS LATEST REPORT AS RELIEF WORKERS STRIVE TO SAVE LIVES.
Denver, Colo., June 3 -- New disaster stalked the tornado and flood plagued southwest today where 88 persons were known to have perished in six states that counted property loss at 16 million dollars.
A tornado battered the York region near Omaha while the South Platte river went tumbling over its banks to flood Ogallala, Neb., to a depth of seven feet. The Nemaha river overflowed at Falls City to cover thousands of acres of rich farmland.
Rescue workers continued to bring out the injured and the bodies of those drowned in the southwestern Nebraska flood area.
While the known death toll had reached 88, relief agencies reported scores missing.
Report 117 Dead.
An unofficial estimate of the dead reported 117 had died in flood waters and tornadoes that hit Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming and Texas.
Nebraska, hardest hit of all six states, counted its proterty loss from the twin disasters of flood and tornado at eleven million dollars.
At Louisville, near Omaha, a cloudburst occurred late yesterday. Hundreds of Omaha residents, frightened by sullen skies which followed the tornado near York spent the day in basements, safe from tornadoes.
After being stranded at Benkelman, Nebraska for two days, 57 passengers aboard the Burlington railroad's crack train the Aristocrat, were finally taken off.
Relief workers, striving to bring food, medical care and shelter to the injured and homeless in the Platte river valleys, were working to check the possibility of disease.
Flood waters, they reported, had swept over a front 200 miles across the southern section of Nebraska. It was the worst catastrophe ever suffered in the great river valley, officials reported after a survey.
Circleville Herald Ohio 1935-06-03