Caseyville, KY Flood, Apr 1913
Caseyville Is Wiped Off Map
Kentucky Town Along Ohio Has Been Obliterated by the Flood.
High At Evansville
Evansville, Ind., April 3.-Caseyville, Ky., a town of 500 people on the Ohio River a few miles below here, has literally been wiped off the map. The town is under water to the depth of twenty feet and there has been great destruction of property. Reports received from Morganfield, Ky., said that Caseyville would probably suffer more than any other town along the lower Ohio.
The man at Morganfield who telephoned here said one of the citizens at Caseyville had just talked to him over the telephone: "Kiss our town goodbye; Caseyville is a thing of the past."
The Ohio River at Caseyville is still rising.
Woman With Shotgun.
Looters on the Kentucky side of the river met a determined woman armed with a shotgun. Mrs. FANNIE STONE lives in a house there partly surrounded by water and three men in a skiff pulled up at the house and started to ransack the place. Mrs. STONE seized a shotgun that sat in the corner of the room and forced the men into the skiff and as they pulled away she fired at them. Mrs. STONE was left alone in the house while her husband was doing rescue work in the lowlands below there.
The local relief committee has sent $100 to Poseyville. The outskirts of that town are flooded with backwater from the Wabash River.
On Green River Road the street car company is using an original plan to carry the people beyond Ellet Street. A long wire cable is used. One car is kept on each side of the four hundred feet of water that begins at Ellet Street. When a streetcar arrives its passengers are transferred to the one on the city side of the water. The cable then is attached to the other car which draws the vehicle to safety.
Rain Adds To Discomfort.
Heavy rain this forenoon added to the discomforts of flood sufferers in Evansville's water swept areas but the weather bureau said the rain was not sufficient, if it lasted all night and day, to make any change in the height of the river. The bureau observations at 7 oâ'clock showed a stage of 47.8 feet, plus. The crest was expected here this afternoon. Relief work by the federal authorities continues. A tug boat well provisioned is in the Wabash bottoms today to succor flood-marooned farmers and will proceed on to Shawneetown to help people there.
Kept Comparatively Dry.
The flood is the worst in the city's history and yet Evansville is kept comparatively dry by the city engineering and street department gangs. Levees and floodgates have been built and men are working night and day to save the homes of the people living in the suburbs. Hundreds of people living in the suburbs of the city are living in homes in which the water has penetrated.
JOSEPH KOLLMEYER, city controller, has funds on hand to relieve the wants of the flood sufferers, and policemen are patrolling Oakdale to prevent looting. Mayor CHARLES HEILMAN has appointed JOHN C. WALLENMEYER to accompany Captain Naylor, of the United States Army, on his trips and to assist him in his relief work along the lower Wabash and Ohio rivers. Captain Naylor, in an automobile with Mayor HEILMAN made a tour of inspection of the city yesterday and saw what relief is needed in the flood districts. He visited Oakdale and Fairview, where the flood is doing the greatest damage.
Ft. Wayne Sentinel, Ft. Wayne, IN 2 Apr 1913
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