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1937 Flood

    During most of Huntington's early history flooding was a fact of life.  The 1937 flood proved to be the worse.  After heavy rains during much of December 1936 and January 1937, the Ohio River crested on January 27 at sixty-nine feet.  By the time the waters subsided five days later, over $17,000,000 in damages had been done.  Five people had died as the result of the flood.   Over 25,000 persons were affected by the flood waters, with some 11,000 requesting Red Cross services.   Most city services were suspended for nearly two weeks.












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