The Great Saint Patrick's Day Flood

The Great Saint Patrick's Day Flood

by Mildred Flaherty


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The Great Saint Patrick's Day Flood by Mildred Flaherty

Author Mildred Flaherty based her tale on memories gleaned from family and friends who lived through the flood as children, as well as on careful research. She includes many historic photos, plus maps, charts, and graphs of the flood's impact on Pittsburgh, marking this as a lively piece of juvenile fiction grounded in reality.

The Saint Patrick's Day Flood of 1936 left over 200 dead in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region and at least 500 injured within the city. Over 135,000 people were driven from their homes as floodwaters rose to a record high of 46 feet, 21 feet above flood level. Thirty thousand WPA (Works Progress Administration) laborers rescued victims from flooded homes and cleaned up after the waters receded.

Includes historic photos taken during and immediately after the flood, and a section of flood facts and trivia to entertain and educate readers of all ages.

A Teacher's Study Guide for this book is also available from the publisher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780971183582
Publisher: Local History Company, The
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.29(d)

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. . . Billy watched Mom and Dad as they talked. Billy had never seen Mom look so worried. Except for the time last year when Dad lost his electrician's job and had to take the job digging ditches. Billy knew this was more than just another flood. He knew something awful was going to happen.

That evening after supper, the family sat silently and listened to the radio. The fire at Crucible Steel continued to burn out of control. Mayor McNair ordered all residents of Pittsburgh to stay at home. The weatherman said the rivers would probably crest at 33 feet tonight, 8 feet above flood level at the Point downtown.

Tommy poked Billy. "What's gonna happen?"

Billy shook his head. "I don't know, Tommy. I don't think anybody knows."

. . . They started home in the dusk of the winter evening. No trolleys clattered along the rails. No street lights illuminated their way. The low storm clouds clamped the smog and soot tight on the city. Up ahead the sky had an odd red glow from the fires burning at the steel plant. A cold rainy wind swept through the empty streets. They hurried home through the gathering dark.

News Bulletin, 7 PM:
The water level at the Point is 46 feet--21 feet
above flood level. This is the highest level the
rivers have ever reached at the Point.

"I'm scared," Tommy said. "I can't hardly see where I'm going." He shuddered.

Table of Contents

1. Rumors of Floods
2. The Car
3. Melvin's Store
4. The River
5. Guardian of the Neighborhood
-- Flood Photos
6. Tiger
7. Downtown
8. The Bridge
I Remember The Flood: Interviews
Flood Facts
-- Map of Area Flooded
-- Graph of River Stages
-- Flood Details
-- And Did You Know?
The Author

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