Dorothy Patch Flood 15 Oct 1954
Ohio River Floods Wide Area; Loss High Pittsburgh, Oct. 16—The Ohio River rose steadily today, threatening new destruction, over a wide area. Heavy rains forced the river toward an expected crest of 30- feet, five feet over bankful. Flood conditions had already accounted for at least three deaths, inundated roads, disrupted transportations and communications and isolated entire towns. Rescue workers said property damage was expected to go into the millions of dollars. The river was expected to crest thig afternoon or evening where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers meet to form the Ohio. An 18-hour downpour brought on the flood conditions. A state of emergency was declared at Latrobe, Pa., 40 miles east of here, where three feet of water covered the business district and surrounding roads were flooded by as much as 10 feet. National Guardsmen and police patrolled the ravaged area and the several hundred residents of the mining community of Dorothy were evacuated.