Winona, MN Flood, Jun 1899

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WINONA, Minn, June 11.-- Terrific rains have fallen in this section of the Mississippi valley for the past ten hours, accompanied by a heavy electrical disturbance. Bridges have been washed away in every direction and roads are impassable. Railroad travel is completely at a standstill, no trains having arrived or departed since noon, and there is no prospect of any before tomorrow noon.

The damage done in this city is heavy. At Sugar Loaf, a suburb, barns and outbuildings were washed away and considerable live stock drowned.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, 12 Jun 1899


Damage at Winona, Minn.

Minneapolis, Minn., June 13. - - A Winona (Minn.) special to the Journal says Sunday night's storm was the most severe ever known there. Dams and bridges were swept away on all the water courses including a dyke and stone arch bridge built to protect South Winona. The entire South side is under water and many families have been carried out on rafts. A large steel bridge over Gilmore creek was carried away. Every street in the city was flooded above the curbing and many families were driven out. The Mississippi has raised a foot and a half since Sunday morning and all wires are down. .... The probably damage in Winona and vicinity will be in excess of $25,000. Henry Schultz, of Stockton, was struck by lightning and killed.

Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI 13 Jun 1899


At Winona, Minn.

Winona, Minn, June 14. -- At six o'clock Tuesday evening the rain for nearly an hour fell in torrents, defying the storm sewers to carry it off and finding an outlet in the cellars of residences and business houses. In the streets the water was almost even with the curb, and temporary walks had to be erected by the authorities. Woodlawn cemetery suffered heavily, Sunday's damage being doubled. In the levee parks many feet of walks were torn out. City officials estimate the damage by the present storm and that of Sunday afternoon at almost $20,000, while in the country it is impossible to estimate. Railroad officials say their damage will reach $200,000, while the storm now raging may almost double that.

Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI 14 Jun 1899