Water's Way: Flood And Ice
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: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels
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); The Towpath Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Providence Historical District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 150th Anniversary of the Great Starvation (approx. Ό mile away); St. Patrick Church (approx. Ό mile away); M. J. Wright Pavillion (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory Of Julie Pontasch (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. 4. submitted on April 14, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.