1889 Johnstown Flood. - Tom Malmay

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1889 Johnstown Flood. - Tom Malmay - VOL XVII. ADEEABFEDELUGE A Bursting Eeservoir...
VOL XVII. ADEEABFEDELUGE A Bursting Eeservoir Ploods a * Populous-Vallej. JOHSBTOWN BSABLY "WIPED OUT. Pifteen Hundred lores Eeported Lost in Western Pennsylvania, SEVERAL VILLAGES SWEPT AWAY. Vhe Roofs of Only Two Souses Tistble Above the Water at Johnstown—The lUven Xtoll of Floating 2>ead—T>rift- wood Forty Feet High—Wires Down Had Meager Report* Keeelved Through Courlent—The Floods Are Destructive Throughout Western Pennsylvania and Kxtcnd to Virginia "Where Blnch Damage Is Reported. . :.' BLAIBSVILLElKTERSECTION,Pa.,June 1. —A reliable courier just arrived from Johnstown states that 1,500 lives ate Jost DERKT, Pa., Junel.—The violent rams which have prevailed in this -vicinity for the past two days resulted yesterday afternoon in bursting the great reservoir known as Conemaugh lake, and the immense volume of water poured down the valley, carrying everything before it. Tillages Swept Away. The town of South Fork, which contained about 2,000 inhabitants, lay in the course of the flood which swept down from the broken dam to Johnstown, and it is believed that four-fifths of the town was carried away. Four miles lower down was the village of Mineral Point, witli 800 inhabitants. It seems difficult to hope that any of them escaped."* •Six miles further down was Conemaugh, with 2.1)00 people, but in this case the formation of the country afforded some chance for escape. The town itself was devastated. Woodvale, with 2,000 people, lay still further down. It Buffered greatly. Largest Xteservoir in the Country. GEEENSBUUG, Pa., June 1.—The reservoir wus situated eighteen miles ' northeast of Johnstown on the site of the old reservoir that was one of the feeders of the Pennsylvania canal. It is the property of a number of -wealthy Pittsburg men who constitute the South Fork Fishing and Hunting club. The sheet of water was formerlv known as Conemaugh hike. It is from 200 to 300 feet above the level of Johnstown, and is 8J miles long by 1J miles wide, and in'- some places is 100 feet deep. It is the largest reservoir in the. TJnitou States. The dam holding Die water in check was from 700 to 1,000 feet loug, 90 feet thick - at the, base, 110 feet high, and 30 feet thick at the top. It .was inspected monthly by a Pennsylvania railroad engineer, • It is supposed that a cloud burst suddenly added that such a volume of •water to the immense amount already poured in by swollen streams that the dam could not support the strain. Johnstown Nearly Wiped Ont. BIUBDOCKS, Pa., June 1.—Telegraph wires are down or unworkable twelve miles from Johnstown. SSj&&£f ^S» News received here by the Pennsylvania railroad officials corroborates the statement that Johnstown is nearly wined out The signal tower people at Sang Hollow state that up to 8 o'clock they had counted 11B persons floating past on •wreckage, some alive and others dead. They rescued a boy, name unknown, who said he and his father, mother, brother and two sisters were swept away with their house. He was washed off from the building, but the others were in it when it was carried over the new stone railroad^bridge at Johnstown. The house went to pieces then, and he thinks nil were drowned. Fleolng from the 'Doomed City. The alarm of danger seems to have readied Johnstown about 1 p. m. yesterday. The railroad officials at once began carrying people out of town, some on regular trains, others on hastily improvised specials. Superintendent Pit- oaira happened to be in the vicinity and took charge of the work. The water finally came down like a tidal wave sweeping everything before it is iwo reet aeep on the nrst noors 01 uie houses there. No loss of life is reported, however. Tliree railroad trestles and a number of bridges have been carried away and the railroad travel between this city and the surrounding country is completely interrupted. Truck gardens and grain fields along the river have boen washed oat ami the crops utterly destroyed. The iron furnaces and the rolling mills at this place and Dnncan- ville were compelled to shut down on account of the high water. Fifty thousand dollars damage has been done in this city, Tha Snfiquehanna Swollen. HARRISBURO, Pa., June 1.—Four and one-half inches of rain has fallen here since daylight yesterday morning, Danger of a disastrous flood in the Susquehanna river is imminent v In Sible- town, a suburb of this city, people were taken from tbeir houses in a boat, and many cellars along Camoron street were filled with water. Paxton creek, which se|>arates East Harrisburg from the main section of the city, is a raging torrent and fears are expressed for the safety of people living on tin-lowlands. Furnaces along the river below the city are being banked. Steelton is partially inundated. A land slide is reported on the Pennsylvania railroad at Eockvflle. A Report via GEKENSBUUO, Pa,, June 1.—Reports from Johnstown are to the effect that huudredii of lives have been lost. Houses have been carried away bodily. People j fortunate enough to escape are fleeing to the mountains. -Eighty-five persons: were seen floating past a point near New Florence clinging to driftwood. AU the buildings alonglhe Conemaugh between New Florence and Johnston have been carried away. The railroad towers have been abandonee) by the telegraph operators. The Covetown and New Florence bridges have been destroyed. It is stated that the roofs of only two houses in Johnstown are visible above the water. An Early Report. PITTSBUBG, June 1.—A telegraph operator in the Pennsylvania railroad signal tower at Sang Hollow, twelve miles below Johnstown, says that about seventy-five dead bodies have floated past him down the river from Johnstown. It is stated that the reservoir above Johnstown broke about 5 p. m. yesterday nnd the -water deluged the town, sweeping away houses by scores and drowning probably hundreds of people. Wires are down and no commumca- tiou can be had with Johnstown. _No trains are running east of Blairsvilie, twenty-five miles west of Johnstown. Driftwood Forty Feet Eigh. "W. N. Haves, superintendent of Hie section of the Pennsylvania railroad covered by the flood," telegraphed to Superintendent Pitcairn as follows: The destruction is terrible. The dump at Johnstown is gone between the bridge and tlie town -west of Johnstown. At sonw points the tracks are entirely carried, away and the roadbed is gone. The rivjr for three-quarters of a mile below lie bridge is filled with buildings and -driftwood forty feet high and is on fire, burning furiously, and is entirelv beyond control. I cannot estimate the amount of damage. Johnstown is literally -wiped out Pathetic Scenes. ^ There are many prominent Pittsburg pocrole at Johnstown and a number of 'ireBflents of that place are here. The scene at the Union depot last night •upon iue announcement that no more trains would go cast was a pathetic one, as a Kreattiaong had gathered there filled with anxiety about the friends and eager to get to fte Boene^of the calamity. Only two trains went out Damage at Altoona. ALTOOKA, Pa., June 1.—The Juniata river is ten feet above low -water mark The lower streets of .. At Huntingdon. HUNTINGDON, Pa., June 1.—It has rained seventy-two hours, yesterday's fall being the heaviest ever known. The Hyndman bridge of the Bedford branch of the Pennsylvania railroad, was carried away, and the Mount Dallas bridge undermined and rendered unsafe, so that Bedford is completely cut off from the world. The rise in the Raystown branch at Everett is so great that the principal streets are submerged, and many families have been driven from their homos. The Juniata here is filled with floating outbuildings, trees, timber, fragments. of buildings, carcasses j of horsed.-cattle, and other debris. The Juniuta Xlampaut. TIEONE, Pa., June 1.—The Juniata river has overflowed its banks at this place and (loodt-d the southern portion of the city causing great damage. People had to be removed from their homes in wagons. All the railroads centering at Tyrone are greatly damaged. One man is reported drowned at Cur- winsville. A dispatch from Clearfield says two young ladies were drowned there while trying to escape from the flooded district Shaniokin Suiters Seriously. SHAMOKDC, Pa., June 1. —The heavy ram of the past thirty-six hours has caused great damage. All collieries in this vicinity have been forced to suspend and many are washed put No trains are running on the Lehigh Valley road, a bridge west of here liavin<j been swept away. Advices from points on the Beading road and branches show great damage. All trains are late. XJghtning Injures a Church. CARLISLE, Pa. June 1.—A heavy rain and storm prevailed here. A lightning bolt badly damaged the First Presbyterian church aud seriously injured Mary Keuy. of Springfield, and a colored domestic, name unknown. An Extensive Land Slide. HAKRISBCRO, Pa., June 1.—An extensive land slide is reported at Lilly's station. The "water is said to be ten feet deep over the-Pennsylvania railroad tracks. < rredcrlclcsuurg's Direful Plight. FREDBICKSBURO. Va.. June 1.—One oi the most disastrous storms that has ever visited this section for fifty.years commenced here about 10 o'clock Thursday night and has continued with unabated fury to this hour. Bridges were washed out on the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac railroad between Quantico and Richmond. All trains north and south have been abandoned here. Trams will not run before noon. That part of the city bordering on the river front is entirely submerged. The water is rising at the rate of twen- tv-two inches her hour. " The electric light works of this city are under water. Water is now rising in the j^as house and the supply of gas is shut off. The town is in total darkness. The streets are completely flooded with water, and communication by wire is paralyzed. The Pluladelphia and Balti- more'steamers bound for lYedetlcksburg had to make harbor at Blackwell's on account of the fury of the storm. The fire department has been called out to take families out of the flooded houses m the lower part of the city. The Floods in West Virginia. PIEDMONT, W. Va., June 1.—The flood is the greatest since 1876. The rain is falling in torrents. Two hundred families have been driven from the lowlands on the river. Many narrow escapes from drowning are recorded. The damage to property is extensive. The "West A'irginia Central and Pittsburg railway is submerged between here and Cumberland and has lost two bridges. Its loss will reach $259,000. No trains are running on the Cumberland and Pennsylvania railroad and two trestles are gone. Nine Baltimore and Ohio trains with 1,200 immigrants are lilockaced here. A number of laud slides have occurred on that road between here and Grafton. Rain ceased falling at midnight and no further disaster is expecte X Swollen^Streams at Baltimore. BALTIMORE, June 1.—The rains of the past few days have swollen the streams in and around Baltimore to a great height, but as yet no damage has resulted. The water is still con lined to its natural beds. Part of the old main line of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad out on the Potomac is reported submerged. No delay to through passenger trains is caused thereby, however, as they do not go over that* route. Dispatches report the rainfall exceedingly heavy in Carroll county and probable dainace to crop?. Part of the town d Union Bridge is slightly under water. . and that has to the rapidly at 12 of be is in be in the Michigan by any the is of 215, the IVasliouts In Virginia. RICHMOND. June 1.—The heavy rains for the past twenty-four hours have caused washouts on all the railroads running into Richmond except die Richmond and Petersburg road. No trains can leave Richmond on any road except this ane. The people in fie lower portion of the city are moving their Roods and chattels to more elevated grounds. A tren.endous freshet in the James river B. & O.'s Bic \Vashout. WASHINGTON, June L— The Chesapeake and Olii'o, Norfolk and "Western and the roads between Washington and Richmond have serious washouts. No trains can go south. The Baltimore and Ohio is said to have lost seven miles of track by a washout near Martinsburg, \V. Va. •_ Immense lUse in the Jame* Elver. LYXCIIBCRU. Ta.. June 1.— There is a great flood iui!u> James river. The water is now -repoTted twenty five feet and rising a loot au liaur. Many of the factories and mr.chiue shops on the river front are floode J and consideralJj damage lias been done. The river is higher than it has been since 1871. A Town Submerged. KlSGGEOEOEC. H., Va., June 1.— That portion of the city bordering the Jlappahannock is entirely submerged. the of a of to in a

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