Introduction to the 1913 Flood

In March 1913, Dayton, Ohio, suffered the worst disaster in its history. In the span of 4 days, nine inches of rain doused the region. On the morning of March 26, the levees broke, and flood waters flowed through the streets of downtown Dayton, ultimately reaching 26 feet deep in some areas. Many residents were stranded. To add to the misery, gas explosions caused fires that destroyed many buildings. By the time the waters receded, about 360 people--and hundreds more horses and other animals--had perished. The city vowed "never again", and soon afterwards the Miami Conservancy District, with its system of 5 dams, was created to provide flood control, with much success.

The year 2013 marks the centennial anniversary of the Great Dayton Flood. For a more thorough understanding of the flood's events and impact, please explore the many resources available here.

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