1937 Flood Huntington West Virginia

During most of Huntington's early history flooding was a fact of life. The 1937 flood proved to be worse. After heavy rains during much of December 1936 and January 1937, the Ohio River crested on January 27 at sixty-nine feet. By the time the waters subsided five days later, over $17,000,000 in damages had been done. Five people had died s a result of the flood. Over 25,000 persons were affected by the flood waters, with some 11,000 requesting Red Cross services. Most city services were suspended for nearly two weeks.

The following exhibit presents a visual record of the Flood, based on photographs taken by the Corps of Engineers and private citizens. These images represent a graphic record of the flood's impact on the city.


Created by Lisle Brown, former Curator Special Collections, © 2013, Special Collections, Marshall University