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Dewey, IL Storm and Flood, May 1900

Flooded By A Cloudburst

Little Town of Dewey, in Illinois, Almost Drowned Out.

Champaign, Ill., June 1.-The little town of Dewey, near here, sustained heavy damage last night from a cloudburst. The sidewalks were torn up, many residences were damaged and the farm fields flooded. The farmers sustained the greatest loss, it is believed, as the corn and oats just appearing above the ground were uprooted by the torrent of rain. The rain began falling Sunday night, continuing intermittently up to last evening, when the clouds, in a grand final, apparently emptied themselves on the little village. The streets ran rivers of water and some cattle are believed to have been drowned.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 2 Jun 1900

article | by Dr. Radut