Wyoming Valley, PA Susquehanna River Flood, Apr 1916
BOY SWEPT TO DEATH BY SUSQUEHANNA FLOOD
River Overflow Carries Off Wilkes-Barre Lad From Yard of His Home.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa., March 31.---George Kuzmar, aged 8 years, was drowned in Tony Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River at this point, as a result of the flood conditions. The overflow reached the yard of the home of the child's parents, and the boy was carried off by the current.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 1 Apr 1916
WYOMING VALLEY IS UNDER DEEP WATER; COLD PROVES CHECK.
Traffic Between Wilkes-Barre and Suburban Towns Cut Off.
Special to The Inquirer.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa., April 2.---The Susquehanna River slightly receded tonight after reaching a height of nearly twenty-seven feet, but slightly short of the high-water mark in the Wyoming Valley. The greater part of the valley is now under deep water with traffic cut off in many sections. Railways are under water, scores of home have been demolished and hundreds of families driven from their dwellings.
A heavy rain last night increased the damage today. This morning the river spread over new territory, and the valley awoke to find traffic with Wilkes-Barre and west side suburban towns impossible. The quick rising of the stream increased the damage to Westmore, Kingston, Edwardsville, and Plymouth homes. Houses in Millville have water on first floors, and in the lowlands of the West Side the water rose from cellars to first floors, driving out many families.
In all the flooded area the water flowed with greater velocity, damaging foundations of home and causing much difficulty.
Trolley and vehicle traffic that had been kept open. A cold spell set in during the afternoon, and this acted as a check to the flooded conditions. Slight recessions were noticed, however, and tonight the streams had dropped about one inch, offering some hope for relief to the hundreds of families in the flooded zone.
The D. L. and W. Railroad meet with much trouble from the floods. In the Plymouth and Nanticoke sections the tracks were flooded. Branches leading to collieries are under water, and unless there is a quick recession the operations at several collieries will be interfered with.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 3 Apr 1916