Johnstown, Penn. Red Cross

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Real Estate Agent with Oakstone Properties, Homes in Richmond VA

A few days ago, I mentioned here about the founding of the American Red Cross, and one of the first emergencies they responded to as a group.  May 31st, 1889 was the day an earthen dam broke about 14 miles up river from the Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  Nearly 5 billion gallons of water rushed down the river valley into the town.  Almost everything in its path was destroyed, and over 2200 people lost their lives.  The victims had very little success in recovering financially from the dam owners, but it was one of the first major cases that led to liability for responsible parties for just such events.

Nate Rowe
The Nate Rowe Group
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Comments (4)

Kevin Cindy Kenagy
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Salem, OR
Moving you in the right direction.

Great post Nate. I did not know this. You have a great Sunday.

May 31, 2009 03:52 AM
Art Kruschka
Administrative Manager - Manassas, VA
Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices

It is one of the disaters that caused a review of theway dams are built and managed

Jun 02, 2009 01:57 PM
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Nate,

Wow, Very interesting facts! I had no idea! Thank You for posting it!

Say Hi to Lucy!

Judy

Jun 05, 2009 02:35 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I remember that. Well, I don't actually remember it per sé, but that was one of my first research papers that I ever wrote for school. Floods and other natural disasters always intrigued me. Still do.

Jun 24, 2009 04:15 AM