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Columbus Ohio Flood 1913

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The Columbus Ohio Flood

Taken from a 1913 larger work titled “OUR NATIONAL CLAMITY OF FIRE, FLOOD AND TORNADO” by Logan Marshall.

This is the section on the horrific flood that swept over Columbus Ohio in 1913.

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Ossman, an undertaker, who explored the flood district in a rowboat.

He said  this report was made to him by a man who said he had been able to reach the building and look through the windows.  Police who sought to confirm the story were unable to reach the church because of the current.

Ossman said nineteen bodies had been taken to his under­taking rooms and that he has been asked to be prepared to care for sixty-nine other bodies. He said he counted fully two hundred bodies in wreckage on West Park Avenue.

Members of searching parties who were able to explore the west side of the city, south of Broad Street, for the first time reported that that section was a scene of vast desolation for a great area, much of it being still under water*

The names of more than a half hundred persons were placed under the caption "known dead," while the list of probable dead was too great to be collated at that time. The number of missing and unaccounted for, it was said, would reach far into the hundreds.

An Associated Press operator, who was marooned for hours in the flood after it broke early Tuesday, reached the Columbus office Thursday after having traveled by a circuitous route covering more than forty-five miles in order to get into the main portion of the city.

He saw more than a score of bodies washed through the flood, and said that house after house was carried away in the flood. Many of the small frame cottages were wrenched to pieces by the currents and their occupants thrown into the water to be seen no more.

It was believed that many bodies would be found at the Sandusky Street bridge or lodged against such part of it as was left in the river at that point. Further exploration of that part of the west side was begun Thursday afternoon.

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