Buffalo, NY Storm and Flood, Jan 1889


A Sixty Mile Wind Drove the Waters of the Lake Into the City

BUFFALO, N. Y. Jan 11 – The storm in this city has had no parallel since 1871. The velocity of the wind reached sixty miles per hour and worked sad havoc with trees, chimneys and window glasses. The telegraph, telephone and electric light wires in the city and for miles in all directions are prostrated. No trains have left here since midnight and wrecking trains, sent out to clear the tracks of [illegible], trees, etc, are blocked.

Such was the force of the wind that the water of the lake rose higher than since 1844. The whole of the Thirteenth ward is three feet under water. A strip of land, known as the “Island,” is flooded, and six houses belonging to fishermen have been swept away.

It is reported that several lives have been lost, among then the son of Alderman Drake, but the report has not been verified as yet.

The suspension foot bridge crossing the Niagara river just below the falls has gone down into the river, but no particulars have been received.

The News, Frederick, MD 11 Jan 1889