Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Evansville in Vanderburgh County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ohio River Levee

 
 
Ohio River Levee Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2015
1. Ohio River Levee Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.
Side 1
U.S. Congress passed flood control acts 1936-1938 after disastrous floods, including one on Ohio River when water crested at 53.7 feet in Evansville January 31, 1937. This project authorized August 1937; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction 1939. Levee protects residents of city and county from flood water level up to 57 feet.
continued on other side

Side 2
continued from other side
Project, maintained and operated by Evansville-Vanderburgh Levee Authority District, consists of 17 miles of earth levees and concrete floodwalls to prevent flooding from the Ohio River, 19 pumping stations to remove rainwater from the city into the river, and gated structures to prevent flooding through pipes and roadways. Work completed 1994.
 
Erected 2003 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Vanderburgh County Historical Society, and Evansville-Vanderburgh Levee Authority District.
 
Location. 37° 58.061′ N, 87° 34.47′ W. Marker is in Evansville, Indiana, in Vanderburgh County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Water Street and Walnut Street. Click for map. North Water Street is
Ohio River Levee Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2015
2. Ohio River Levee Marker (Side 2)
also know as the Ohio River Scenic Byway. Marker is located along the Riverfront plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Water Street, Evansville IN 47708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Camp (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCurdy - Sears Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sheriff's Residence and Jail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Short Lived Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vanderburgh County World War I Honor Roll (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vanderburgh County World War II Honor Roll (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wabash and Erie Canal (approx. half a mile away); Augustus Owsley Stanley (approx. 8.5 miles away in Kentucky). Click for a list of all markers in Evansville.
 
Regarding Ohio River Levee. The river rose to a record 53.74 feet, which was 19 feet above flood stage, and sent water over the six-month-old riverfront plaza in Evansville. The city and state declared martial law on January 24 and the federal government sent 4,000 WPA workers to the city to assist rescue operations. Residents were rapidly evacuated from river towns by train and bus in the early stages of the flood, making Indiana the only state to avoid drowning fatalities. More than 100,000
Riverside Plaza on the Ohio. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2015
3. Riverside Plaza on the Ohio.
persons were left homeless by the disaster.
The Red Cross and federal government spent the equivalent of $11 million in today's money in aid to the city. The Indiana State Flood Commission was created in response, and it established the Evansville-Vanderburgh Levee Authority District, which built a system of earth levees, concrete walls, and pumping stations to protect the city.
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
View looking south on Water Street at Walnut Street image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2015
4. View looking south on Water Street at Walnut Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement