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|Title: Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever - eBook|
By: Geoff Williams
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Pegasus Books
|Publication Date: 2013|
Stock No: WW51772EB
This is the incredible account of a flood of near-Biblical proportions in early twentieth-century Americaits destruction, its heroes, its victims, and how it shaped natural-disaster policies in the United States for the next hundred years.
The storm began March 23, 1913, with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people and injured 400. Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began. It continued for days. Some people drowned in their attics, others on the roads when they tried to flee. It was the nations most widespread flood evermore than 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of houses and buildings were destroyed, and millions were left homeless. The destruction extended far beyond the Ohio Valley to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Vermontfourteen states in all, and every major and minor river east of the Mississippi.
In the aftermath, flaws in Americas natural disaster response system were exposed, much as they would be nearly a century later in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. People demanded change. Laws were passed, and dams were built. Teams of experts vowed to develop flood control techniques for the region and stop flooding for good. So far, those efforts have succeededit is estimated that in the Miami Valley alone, nearly two thousand floods have been prevented, and the same methods have been used as a model for flood control nationwide and around the world.
This suspenseful historical tale of a dramatic yet little-remembered disaster "weaves tragic and heroic stories of people in the various affected states into an almost hour-by-hour account of the deadly storm" (Booklist).
"Williams meticulously and brilliantly captures the roughly 2,000-mile journey and the larger-than-life characters. The result is a fine, unlikely, and intimate journey into the American past, across the deserts, mountains and plains with heroes bearing wild aspirations long since gone." The Washington Post
"Williams has evocatively recreated a long-forgotten event, mixing colorful anecdotes from the race with vivid portraits of the runners." Publishers Weekly
"Williams recounts the story with gusto, giving us a real sense of the physical and mental toll. The book is like a time capsuleand an extremely entertaining one at that." Booklist
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