New Albany, IN Flood, Feb 1883
New Albany, Ind., Feb. 13.-The Ohio River at this city is within 3 inches of the marks of the great flood of 1832, and rising 1 inch an hour. Six hundred families in the city are driven from their homes, many of them with great loss of property. The suffering is great, and sickness is added to destitution. Thirty of the principal manufactories are stopped by the flood and 3,500 people thrown out of employment. The loss to the manufacturers will be heavy. Depauw’s American Plate-glass-works are three feet under water, and the loss in this one factory will be $100,000. It will take four months, it is thought, to repair the damaged furnaces and machinery. The embankment of the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, one mile west of Jeffersonville, broke to-day, letting the back water from the Ohio in upon that city in an irresistible tide, including all the business streets. The water poured into the stores and other business houses and caused heavy losses. Hundred of families only escaped with their lives. The loss will amount to several hundred thousand dollars. No lives were lost. All railroad communication between New-Albany and the East is cut off by the flood. No mails have arrived from Cincinnati and the East for 30 hours. It is believed the river will rise 18 inches higher. The distress and loss is general and wide-spread along the lower Ohio Valley. No loss of life is reported in the vicinity of this place. Trains of the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis, the Louisville, New-Albany and Chicago, and the Air Line Railroads are unable to reach Louisville from the Indiana side. The losses to the railroads will not be heavy, except in the loss of business. The Indiana Legislature has been asked from this city for aid for the sufferers here and at other points.
The New York Times, New York, NY 14 Feb 1883
The following dispatch was received from New-Albany:
To the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
The suffering in this city is very great and hourly increasing. Added to great destitution consequent upon about 800 families being driven from their homes and losing heavily by the unprecedented flood now devastating the city, there is much sickness. The destitution is beyond description. Five thousand persons are thrown out of employment. Every factory in the city but one is in enforced idleness, and it will be from four to six weeks before they can be started again. In all this time the suffering of thousands of victims by the floods will be increased rather than diminished. The citizens are doing their best in the way of aid, but the river is again rising rapidly, and the flood will be swollen at least four feet. We earnestly pray you to set apart for New-Albany at least $10,000. This sum, added to the help the more fortunate citizens can afford, will help the suffering, though not entirely relieve it. It is estimated that the damage in the city will exceed $400,000. It will take $150,000 to $200,000 to relieve the absolute distress now upon our people.
The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Feb 1883