Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever

Washed Away How the Great Flood of America s Most Widespread Natural Disaster Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever The storm began March with a series of tornadoes that killed people and injured Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began It continued for days Some people drowned in th

  • Title: Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever
  • Author: Geoff Williams
  • ISBN: 9781605984049
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The storm began March 23, 1913, with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people and injured 400 Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began It continued for days Some people drowned in their attics, others on the roads when the tried to flee It was the nation s most widespread flood ever than 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of homes and buThe storm began March 23, 1913, with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people and injured 400 Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began It continued for days Some people drowned in their attics, others on the roads when the tried to flee It was the nation s most widespread flood ever than 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed, and millions were left homeless The destruction extended far beyond the Ohio valley to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont Fourteen states in all, and every major and minor river east of the Mississippi In the aftermath, flaws in America s natural disaster response system were exposed, echoing today s outrage over Katrina People demanded change Laws were passed, and dams were built Teams of experts vowed to develop flood control techniques for the region and stop flooding for good So far those efforts have succeeded It is estimated that in the Miami Valley alone, nearly 2,000 floods have been prevented, and the same methods have been used as a model for flood control nationwide and around the world.
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    • Carol says:

      This is the second time I have tried to read this non-fiction book about The Great Flood of 1913, and am sorry to say I only made it to page 45 this time. The stories are a compilation of facts that are confusing with a writing style that jumps all over the place. There are too many books I want to read to spend anymore time here.

    • kris says:

      I had never heard about the flood of 1913 prior to opening Washed Away. Here's what I gleaned from this book: in 1913, at the end of March, a front of storms moved through the midwest--namely Ohio and Indiana--and it poured. This led to severe flooding across several states, but most particularly Dayton, Ohio, which was located on some rivers. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless, and the fact that the death toll didn't top 400 remains a miraculous mystery. If that description seem [...]

    • Margie says:

      I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.4 stars for the story, 2 minus stars for the editing.In 1993 much of eastern Nebraska was flooded. Spring ice jams caused a massive amount of flooding, causing a great deal of damage. June was then the sixth wettest month on record. In addition to causing additional flooding, the rain resulted in additional damage to structures that had not yet been repaired. Construction crews were overwhelmed with repairs after the spring floods; many buildings [...]

    • Rebecca McNutt says:

      This book tells its story of the Great Flood in a more dramatic than informative way, but it's not a bad book and it does still get all the facts of the disaster across to readers.

    • Philip Demare says:

      This book is all about the great flood of 1913 with personal stories from the cities of the eastern river valleys of Ohio such as Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron and Forte Wayne and Indianapolis in Indiana. (Although less extensive mention is given to events in New Castle and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, Parkersburg and Wheeling in West Virginia, Rochester in New York, and assorted other smaller towns.)It is sobering to think how often flooding was an occurrence in river valley tow [...]

    • Dawn Rupert says:

      What a terrible flood the 1913 flood was. So many states involved, so many lives lost, so much property damage. You could go on and on. So many things amazed me, not the least being the hardiness of the people. The book was well written with more facts than any one person could keep in his/her head. I regret that I read it as an e-book. Hard copy would have made it easier to follow as the books skips around from city to city and state to state. I live in Southern Ohio on the Ohio River. I was so [...]

    • Steve says:

      Terribly written and in desperate need of a good, honest editor. Very little history and a lot of speculation about what the people were thinking, even about what they "may or may not have done", with rabbit trails about the romanticism of drowning and swimming requirements of American colleges in the early 1900s. Yes, seriously. I made it to page 41 before giving up.

    • Maura says:

      In 1913, a weather system that started with a series of tornadoes, turned into multiple days of heavy rain and ended by turning to snow before the sun reappeared, caused utter misery across the country from Nebraska to New York, down the Mississippi and along the Potomac, even to the Hudson River. Deaths numbered in the thousands. Although floods had been (and still are) commonplace in the mid-west, this one was so devastating that Dayton moved quickly within the next year to build a flood-contr [...]

    • Kimberly says:

      Excellent book. I hadn't heard of this flood before I saw the book on a book seller advertisement. My family lived in many of the areas hit by the flood. I went back to my Grandmother's autobiography (privately self-published for family use) and she had an entire chapter devoted to the flood. Luckily, they did not lose a building, but the garden was completely washed away. In 1913 losing a garden put a hardship on the entire family. I had totally forgotten that she wrote about the flood. I wish [...]

    • Sally says:

      Since I am from Omaha, Ne, I have always heard about the tornado of 1913 that did so much damage to the city. I did not know that it was part of a gigantic storm system that marched East across the states flooding and devastating towns and cities and killing hundreds of people. It tells of the harrowing rescues of so many people by their fellow townsman and the horror of watching people drown right in front of them. So many families were stuck on their roofs for days until they were rescued or d [...]

    • Babs M says:

      I enjoyed reading this book. He did warn ahead of time that he could not cover all the cities but I was a bit disappointed to find only one paragraph addressing my hometown of Massillon. It is a well documented part of Massillon history and I always heard about the flood while living there. I guess the good thing was the paragraph on my hometown talked about the grandfather of on of my father's good friends. I do highly recommend the book for those that live in SW Ohio (especially Dayton) and Ea [...]

    • Ceh131973 says:

      The Great Flood of 1913 is perhaps the biggest disaster that no one has heard about. It impacted fourteen states and was not only a flood but also a tornado outbreak. The impact was felt for a long time through many communities.This is a well researched and constructed narractive of the events during the disaster of 1913. It not only adequately explains the scientific and historic aspects of this event but really focuses on the humanistic angle. By telling the stories of the people that were eff [...]

    • Richard Lucas says:

      An excellent storyThe subject of this book kept me reading beyond the the time I wanted to stop. How a disaster of such proportions has been neglected by the media is surprising. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history. Natural disasters have a way of repeating themselves.I gave this book a 3 star rating because of the many typographical and other errors. It would benefit greatly by a good proofreading, the only thing preventing 5 stars from me.

    • Ardys says:

      In an era without efficient mass communication, the flood of 1913 became known as "the Flood of Dayton" and numerous other cities across the Midwest. This is an interesting compilation of the flood experiences across the nation and the impact on developing water management systems for flood control up until discussion of Katrina.

    • Collette Mcdonough says:

      An interesting book for those that wish to know more about the 1913. Does spend a lot of time on Ohio but does include other states that were affected by the flood. I would like to give it 3.5 stars but that is not an option.

    • Janet Ott says:

      So good. Very well researched. Who knew? A book about something we should all know - one of the great disasters of the last century, and that my parents MUST have heard about, but never spoke of - and very personal. The stories just kept coming.

    • KSRose says:

      Amazing!! I've never heard of this terrible flood in all of my 80+ years. So glad I chose to read about it. Historical novels are my favorites and this book describes the enormous devastation and tragic loss of lives during these days. Highly recommend it.

    • Peggy says:

      A fascinating account of the Great Flood of 1913. Beginning with Sunday, March 23, 1913, Williams records the stories of what happened to people caught up in the second-deadliest flood in America’s history. A man in charge of the relief work stated “The situation in Dayton is worse than that which followed the Frisco earthquake”. What makes it so compelling is the hour by hour account of what was happening to real families, businesses, animals, orphans, reporters, buildings, and rescuers f [...]

    • Miriam says:

      Found Washed Away a very interesting read filled with biographical sketches and historical excerpt fashioned together to provide the reader with an accurate portrayal of the horrors of the 1913 flood that led to massive programs to prevent flooding of our waterwaysgs to mind the recent Oroville Dam evacuation and emergency repair and levee breaks in San Jose and leaves readers sympathetic to everyone downstream of these natural/man-made disasters.

    • Ursula Johnson says:

      This books pays tribute and tells the fascinating story of the forgotten flood of 1913. It was the largest flood the US had, covering large swathes of the Midwest. I had not heard of this natural disaster and wanted to learn more about it. The author's well researched tale focuses on the human accounts of heroism, greed, racism and more. A large number of personal stories are included, so many that it is somewhat difficult to keep track of the players. This flood occurred at a time without the f [...]

    • Cathy Cole says:

      First Line: On March 23, 1913, the United States of America was reminded that when it comes to nature, we're not really in charge.This is the often gripping story of how storms and floods of almost Biblical proportions first began with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people in Omaha, Nebraska, and then continued on to ravage fourteen states-- and every river east of the Mississippi. The rain went on for days, and once started, the flooding seemed as though it would never stop. It was Ameri [...]

    • Leah K says:

      Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America’s Most Widespread Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed it Forever by Geoff Williams 356 pages★★★In 1913, tornadoes and rain would cause terrible flooding throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and many other surrounding areas. When it was all said and done, over 700 people were dead, many injured and homeless. It would lead to new laws and safety measures at the time, still used today (some more successfully than others). This book is th [...]

    • Ariadne says:

      A DNF I'm afraid. This was a disjointed, incoherent collection or ramblings loosely related to a great flood. Names were mentioned, given 3 lines of what actually happened and if they were lucky a paragraph of speculation on what they might have been doing/thinking before the flood or after it. The amount of pure speculation prioritised over facts disturbed me. It is hardly newsworthy to note that if a flood had gone 4 blocks another way, Eisenhower wouldn't have been born? What has that go to d [...]

    • Ionia says:

      "If there's anything worse than seeing your lives destroyed by a tornado, it's probably seeing your lives destroyed by a tornado and then being rained on."--Geoff Williams If you don't know much about this disaster, this book is the place to go. While many of the books I have read about this and other natural disasters tend to take on a scientific and less emotional approach, this book is different. You can't read this book from beginning to end and keep a dry eye. The stories in this book are s [...]

    • Joan says:

      I came across this book by accident at my local library - a providential find. I'm native to this region and currently live not 1-1/2 miles from the Great Miami River, which goes through central Dayton, Ohio. This book centers heavily, but not exclusively, on Dayton, Ohio, which was the city hardest hit by this Great Flood; the flood and the conditions causing it ranged from western New York State to the (eventually) entire Mississippi Valley. Dayton, however, lies at the confluence of 3 rivers: [...]

    • George says:

      My grandparents lived through the Great Flood of 1913 in Dayton, Ohio; my father was born there almost exactly two years later. I don't think any of my ancestors were actually flooded out, but I remember, vaguely, hearing my older relatives talk about it. I really did not know much about the course of events until I read this book. I found it quite interesting, though I would have appreciated some maps of the areas involved, especially the cities of Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne [...]

    • Beth says:

      Did not finish. This book was poorly written. In fact, it was like reading an essay from a college freshman. Choose a little known weather event in American history and write on it. And so he did, for more than 300 pages. The first part was more like an inventory of victims heaped with speculation. In fact, the author footnoted the speculation on occasion! Example: A young man's body's was found in a cornfield the day after a storm with his hands thrust in his pockets. The author wrote that this [...]

    • Debra says:

      Most of my adult life has been spent living or working within a short walk from the Great Miami River. Flood stories from Hamilton and Dayton not only fascinated me (what can I say? Natural disasters intrigue me.) but were a part of my work life. For a while I lived in downtown Dayton, in a building that had been flooded. If you look up, high water marks are still visible. But I really didn't realize just how widespread the destruction was.Washed Away concerns itself with the entire scope of the [...]

    • Valerie says:

      This non-fiction book reads like an exciting book of fiction. Even though the 1913 Flood affected a dozen states, the author focuses primarily on the stories of individuals in the flooded areas. There are statics and technical details, but the narrative never gets bogged down (no pun intended) by numbers. There are so many stories of heroism and some of fear and selfishness, that the author could have written a much larger book had he included them all. Even in the midst of retelling these stori [...]

    • Denise says:

      Disclosure: the author of this book is a writing colleague/friend of mine, but still, I really enjoyed Williams' gripping tale of a major flood that i had never heard of! I happen to (perversely, maybe) like nonfiction accounts of disasters (like The Worst Hard Time, about the Depression-era Dust Bowl). Williams' research uncovered a lot of stories of heroism as well as bad behavior, and the whole time I kept thinking, "how come I've never heard of this?" It's made up of small vignettes, taking [...]

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