Cleveland, OH Storm, Feb 1887

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 11.----At 6:15 o'clock last evening a rainstorm set in, which continued until noon to-day, when the cold wave changed it to snow. During the 36 hours the rainfall was 2.19 inches more than in the same number of hours at any time last year. Of the 11 days of this month only two have been without rain, and the total precipitation was 5.75 inches, largely exceeding the rainfall of any entire month in 1886, and almost equaling one-quarter of the whole rainfall of last year. All the streams in this region are overflowing their banks and railway travel is obstructed. The Valley and Cleveland and Canton Railways have been unable to move trains, and all the other roads except the Lake Shore and Bee Line have been more or less delayed by wash-outs. The express on the Cleveland and Pittsburg, which ieft[sic] here at midnight last night, escaped a terrible disaster. A bridge over a creek one mile east of this city gave way while the train was passing over it, and the smoking car dropped into the stream. The locomotive was thrown on its side and two cars were derailed. The train was not running at a high rate of speed nobody was seriously injured, the list of wounded being confined to the engineer and baggage master, who were somewhat bruised. Business is impeded on the flats in the city by the freshet, but no considerable damage is reported yet. Akron, Louisville, West Richfield, and other places report high winds, which have done great damage in addition to the deluge.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Feb 1887