Springfield, OH Storm, May 1886

At Springfield

Springfield, O., May 14.--- Terrible damage was caused in this city by the heavy rain-storm of Wednesday night. Rivers of water two feet deep rushed through the streets. The culverts by which Mill creek is confined failed to hold it and the stream rushed through a railroad bridge and carrying a vast body of sand with it. It damaged many houses and swept the sand to the depth of five feet into streets and houses in its path and tore up 300 feet of Bee Line railroad tracks. Ephrain Williams' family were sleeping in a lower room when the flood entered. All escaped but one child, which was drowned. No other are reported lost. Three hundred feet of the Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western track was swept away. The storm was predicted to the day two weeks ago by Jonas Drury, the venerable weather prophet, of this city. The damage here will reach $30,000.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 15 May 1886


The storm did frightful damage in and about Springfield, Ohio. The High street bridge, recently completed, was undermined and is now a mass of ruins. Hundreds of families have been driven from their homes in the eastern and southern portions of the city, many barely awakening in time to save their lives. The scene in that quarter is one of frightful devastation. Dwellings are washing full of soil and debris. The railroads are all locked up. The York street sewer broke and tossed the boiler, engine and heavy machinery of the Common Sense Engine company and immense Ohio Southern railroad shops like feathers, and a four hundred foot bridge over the east fork of the Little Miami river near Harman was swept away and surging down the stream down the iron bridge two miles below.

The Kellogg Enterprise, Kellogg, IA 21 May 1886