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Miamisburg in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913

 
 
Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913 Marker, side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2018
1. Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913 Marker, side 1
Inscription.  In late March 1913, a series of three severe rainstorms inundated the already saturated and frozen ground of the Miami Valley, causing one of Ohio’s greatest natural disasters, the Flood of 1913. On March 25, the Great Miami River overflowed its banks at Miamisburg, fed by runoff from Bear and Sycamore creeks. Homes, businesses, and the bridges at Linden Avenue and Sycamore Street were swept away or wrecked by floodwaters reaching as high as eleven feet on Main and First streets. Early reports indicated that six people in the area died. Cleanup and recovery efforts took approximately a year.

In 1914, the Ohio General Assembly passed the Conservancy Act of Ohio, leading to the establishment of the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) In 1915. To ensure that no flood as devastating happened again, the MCD built and maintains flood control works In the Miami Valley, including the Germantown, Englewood, Lockington, Taylorsville, and Huffman earthen dams. Protections for Miamisburg include levees and walls along the Great Miami River and its tributaries. Riverfront Park, on land inundated by the 1913 flood, is where people
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enjoy the Great Miami and trust that it will stay its course to the Ohio River.
 
Erected 2018 by Miamisburg Historical Society and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 29-57.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersMan-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 25, 1913.
 
Location. 39° 38.477′ N, 84° 17.449′ W. Marker is in Miamisburg, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Miami Avenue south of West Central Avenue, on the right when traveling south. It is at the restrooms. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miamisburg OH 45342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Miami Connection (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heritage Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miamisburg High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Miamisburg POW-MIA Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vietnam War (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Lest We Forget (approx. 0.4 miles away); Korean Conflict (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miamisburg.
 
Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913 Marker, side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2018
2. Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913 Marker, side 2
Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2018
3. Miamisburg in the Great Flood of 1913 Marker
The Miami River at Miamisburg image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2018
4. The Miami River at Miamisburg
This view is from the path atop the levee near this marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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