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Providence in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Water's Way: Flood And Ice

 
 
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By TeamOHE, November 4, 2018
1. Water's Way: Flood And Ice Marker
Inscription.  
It may surprise you that nature relies on floods. Floods and adjacent lands called floodplains allow rivers to purge excess sand, silt, and pollution. Plants and shrubs along the edge trap floodwater debris. The earth itself filters floodwater and returns it to the mainstream cleaner than when it left. At winter's end, rising waters create wildlife tree homes as ice crashes against trees and leaves cuts that eventually become cavities.

While necessary to nature, floods can wreak havoc on human communities. Ohio's greatest natural disaster, "The Great Flood,” struck in March 1913, saturating Ohio and ending the Miami And Erie Canal. Here at Providence, ice and flooding have dumped huge amounts of debris, damaged trees, washed out canal banks and even sent other competitor mills floating downriver. To see how high the river crested through flood years, visit the Isaac Ludwig Mill.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels

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By TeamOHE, November 4, 2018
2. Providence Dam
Taken 2018
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. In addition, it is included in the The Miami & Erie Canal series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1913.
 
Location. 41° 25.007′ N, 83° 52.203′ W. Marker is in Providence, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of South River Road (U.S. 24) and Ludwig Road, on the right when traveling east on South River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13875 S River Rd, Grand Rapids OH 43522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tempers Explode As Dams Get Built (a few steps from this marker); Foundations From The Past (a few steps from this marker); Providence Historical District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 150th Anniversary of the Great Starvation (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Patrick Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Rapids Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Lasting Legacy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thurston Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
 
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By TeamOHE, May 21, 2020
3. Providence Dam
Taken in 2020, flooded
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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