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Johnstown in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Success Story

 
 
A Success Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
1. A Success Story Marker
Inscription.
The concrete river channels before you are part of the Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's [sic], Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project (JLFPP). It is the longest paved channelization project in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the United States. Congress authorized construction of the project through amendments to the landmark federal Flood Control Act of 1936. The project is a specialized engineering structure eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The JLFPP was constructed between 1938 and 1943 to handle river flows equivalent to those experienced in Johnstown during the 1936 St. Patrick's Day flood. Flood protection improvements consisted of deepening and widening the channels in the Conemaugh, Little Conemaugh, and Stonycreek rivers and the construction of concrete side slopes and floodwalls.

The project has been a success. In its six decades, the project was overtopped only once during the exceptional "500-year flood" of 1977. Through 2002, the project has provided over $803 million in flood damage prevention benefits.

[Photo captions read]
[Top] Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project, 1941

[Bottom] The "Point", 1930s
 
Location. 40° 19.837′ N, 78° 55.505′ 
A Success Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
2. A Success Story Marker
Looking north toward the "Point," the confluence of the Stonycreek (left) and Little Conemaugh (right) Rivers
W. Marker is in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Click for map. Marker is in Point Park, near the confluence of the Little Conemaugh and Stonycreek Rivers, off Washington Street. Marker is in this post office area: Johnstown PA 15901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pennsylvania Railroad Stone Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Flood Prevention (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnstown Flood (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Red Cross (about 500 feet away); Johns Street Bridge (about 600 feet away); Walnut Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oklahoma House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnstown.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Johnstown PA Local Flood Protection Project. (Submitted on February 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Johnstown PA Flood Protection Management System. (Submitted on February 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkDisastersMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Little Conemaugh River Channelization image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Little Conemaugh River Channelization
Looking NW toward Point Park and the confluence of the Little Conemaugh and Stonycreek Rivers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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