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Marietta, OH Ohio River Flood, Mar 1907

Flood, Marietta, Ohio 1907 Flood, Marietta, Ohio March 16, 1907

ONE DROWNED, ONE HURT

SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER.

MARIETTA, O., March 13 -- An electrical storm of unusual violence passed over southeastern Ohio this morning doing mach damage to property of all kinds.  Buildings suffered right and left and several of them in rural districts were burned.  Terrific rain accompanied the storm and still continues to fall.  Tonight the rivers are rising at the rate of eight inches per our [sic] and a flood state is expected by Thursday night or Friday morning.

Mrs. M. C. Russell was struck by lightning during the storm and is in an unconscious condition.  William Marteni, a Muskingum river ferryman, while attempting to save his boats, was carried away by the raging current and drowned.

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH 14 Mar 1907

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MARIETTA NOW UNDER WATER

MARIETTA, O., March 15. -- (Spl.) Never in the history of Marietta has there been anything like the present flood.  The business streets of the city are under water.  In the past 36 hours the water has risen more than 20 feet, and it continues to rise six inches an hour.  All the surrounding country is flooded.  Towns on Duck Creek and both the Big and Little Muskingum Rivers are inundated. Much live stock is drowned and many people had narrow escapes.  In the lowlands houses stand with furnishings under the muddy water.  All trains have stopped.

Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, OH 15 Mar 1907

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At Marietta two-thirds of the city is flooded and there is considerable suffering among the inhabitants.  The people are in dire distress as nearly all the groceries in the town have been flooded.  Flour is delivered to the people on the hill who are baking bread for those who have been driven from their homes.

William McCracken, his wife and two children were drowned.  They were forced to the second floor by the flood and the swift current upset the house, the entire family being lost.

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH 17 Mar 1907

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FIRST MESSAGE FROM MARIETTA

MARIETTA, O., MARCH 16. -- (SPL.) -- OHIO RIVER 50.5 FEET; CREST REACHED.  GREAT SUFFERING IN EVERY QUARTER.  FLOOD SUFFERERS BEING CARED FOR ON HIGH GROUND.  LOSS MARIETTA AND WASHINGTON CO. WILL REACH QUARTER MILLION.

Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati, OH 16 Mar 1907



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