Frank Timoney brick yards Middletown Daily Argus July 15 1897

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Middletown Daily Argus July 15 1897 - RESERVOIR^ BURST. Death and Disaster Caused by...
RESERVOIR^ BURST. Death and Disaster Caused by Rush of "Water. SEVES KILLED ASD MANY INJURED. The Montreal Cxpret* Train Ha* a Narrow J£dca]w frotut^Plo.ujfiDtf Into a Wanhoiit--Hoc»e» Swept ^ Away ttf tho Flood. Matteawan, Nl ^., July 15.--With a roar which was hefcrd for miles, even above the battle o'f the elements, a mighty wall of water swept down narrow valley east of-Fishkill yesterday, tearing down trees, Hfting bowlders its flood and bearing - to destruction everything in its course/.. ^ Seven persons lost thefclives in its onset, and 150 were render-fed homeless. House after house wa* swept away the van of the water, which left in pourse a furrow like a. river" bed. Minions of gallons of water, set free by the giving way of two,:reservoirs high on the mountain side, w«nt ' In the flood laden with debris of descriptions. ";-; * The reservoir which caused'th'e'disas- ter is known as the Melzingah. '.It situated high up on the hills about iniles^south of MatteawarT^and about mile s?ast of Fishkil!. It was built-, in two parts, an upper and a lower, ·was about 500 feet long. 300 feet wide and 35 feet deep. The Fishkill and teawan Water company used it as an Auxiliary supply to its regular water- ·works system, thf main source of Is several miles distant. The reservoir collected its water mainly from the north side of South .and us overflow ran hi to the Hudson a small stream k n o w n as creek, running through a. narrow ravin for about a quarter of a. mile, which opened into a plain between the rive and the foot of the hilip. The reservoi ·was 5K feet above tidewater. Breakini^of the Dam. It was through this rapine that th mights' flood of water swept on its to the river. The flood was pent ui in the narrow confines of the little ley and gathered resistless force before it hurled itself upon the plain below carrying death and destruction in its path. What houses there were in its way were picked up bodily from thei foundations and either dashed to pieces JOT whirled along in the torrents like ·chips on an angry sea. , The heavy rains of the last few 3)fi swollen Melztngah reservoir to thf ·brink. Every little rivulet that fed i Kad become a rushing stream. If the dams had been strong enough, the «r%'oir would simpiy have overflowed and the only- result would have been that Melzingah creek would have become become an angry little river. vJThe dam between the upper half of rfte reservoir and the lower gave away i|nd the f u l l weight and volunre~Tf ·.vater that had been confined in the upper part was precipitated against the lower dam. Of course the lower dam couldn't -stand the strain. The down coming ruah of water swept it av. ay as completely as though it had been a wall of cardboard, and w i t h a terrific the m i g h t y torrent 1^3p^d d o ravine on its way to th» river. Home* Swept Away. Between the ravine and th«* river lay the Nn\ York C e n t r a l and River r a i l r o a d tracks, on th» l i t t l e plain. Between them and tho on the lowlands, wer^r about a dozen Ijuilding-s. chiefly dwelhners and the extensive extensive brick works of Van Buren Tlmoney,, T.vo of the houses were occupied occupied as boarding houses for the employees employees of the brickyard^ and contained a large number of jvrsrms. The d w ings *vere also occupied m a i n l y workmen. Wh^n the flood poured out of the nelitke ravine and spread over th» fiat- lands. !t had gained an a w f u l Its downward rush. It picked up each house in Its path and hurled it onward In a smashing, grinding wreck. It demolished demolished the brick works utterly Not vestige of the extensive b u i l d i n left. It carried away a big bridge across the roadway and flung it in pieces into the river. It tore away a hole In the railroad tracks 100 yards wide. It hurled one of the workmen's ·big boarding houses bodily into the Hudson. Some of the people living In the of the torrent got to the higher ground 1n safety. Many did not. One f a m i Perry by name, in Its wild flight, left the baby behind. Most of the killed were in -the workmen's boarding houses. The names of those whose bodies ·been recovered, as officially given out by ·Coroner H. B. Bevier. are as follows: Mrs. John Corroy. aged 36, wife of ·engineer In TImoney's brickyard. Mrs. Mary Ferry, aged 38 years, a ·widow. William Ferry, aged 9 years, son of Mrs. Ferry. John Sruka, a Hungarian, 28 years old. Philamena Deluka, an Italian girl, 6 years old. The missing are: John Conroy, son Engineer Conroy, aged 2 years; Julia Conroy, daughter of Engineer Conroy, aged 6 years, and an unknown Hungarian, Hungarian, whose brother declares that he ·drowned. ri Exorenn Train's Narrow Kicapo. The Montreal express from New York had a narrow escape. Tt was due at the place where the washout occurred Just about the time the flood came. A watchman at the brickyard heard the roar of the torrent and thought of ^Ihe train. He snatched up a signal lamp and ran wildly up the track. As lie h«nrd the whistle of the locomotive It was drowned by the crash of tho flood striking the buildings behind him. The express rushed on. a.n3 in an In- «t*.nl th* *I»re of the- headlight was), P t

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