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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jeffersonville in Clark County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Flooding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 26, 2021
1. Flooding Marker
Inscription.  The flood of 1937 was the largest flood known in the modern era in the Louisville area.

The Ohio River stretched to be 10 miles wide, with 70% of Louisville submerged and 90% of Jeffersonville. Estimated damage was $250 million which translates to $3.3 billion today.

Between January 13th and 24th 15 inches of rain fell forcing many Jeffersonville residents to flee and many others stranded. The flood prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install flood walls along the Ohio which are still used in Jeffersonville today.

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Boating the streets around the Post Oflice, Library, and Citizens National Bank, January 1937.

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Churches in 1937 flood, Old Wall Street Church in the distance.

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City of Jeffersonville and Corona ferry boats at Front Street, now known as Riverside Drive.

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Flooded business's along Spring Street, January 1937. Notice the 2 people looking on from the second story window.

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Aerial View from South, 1937.

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Rose Hill School acted as a central relief station during January
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of 1937.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1937.
Location. 38° 16.22′ N, 85° 44.497′ W. Marker is in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Mulberry Street south of West Maple Street, on the left when traveling south. Located in Big Four Station Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Mulberry St, Jeffersonville IN 47130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Big Four Bridge Collapse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Four Railroad Bridge (about 300 feet away); Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away); The History of Preservation Station (about 300 feet away); Steamboats and Shipyards (about 400 feet away); 2nd Street Bridge Construction (about 400 feet away); Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Path (about 400 feet away); Grisamore House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jeffersonville.
Flooding Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, November 26, 2021
2. Flooding Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2021, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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