Oakdale, PA River Flooding, June 1904
HOMES WRECKED BY CLOUDBURST IN PENNSYLVANIA.
BODY OF ITALIAN RECOVERED -- OTHERS BELIEVED TO BE MISSING.
PROPERTY LOSS HEAVY.
FORTY HOUSES DAMAGED ON BOTH SIDES OF ROBINSON RUN.
Pittsburg, Pa., June 29. -- One body recovered, a number of men, women and children reported missing, and property damage estimated at close to a quarter of a million dollars, is the record of a cloudburst along Robinson Run, between Carnegie and McDonald, on the main line of the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad.
The first victim recovered was an unknown Italian, whose body was found at McDonald.
From McDonald to Carnegie, houses are washed from their foundations. Oakdale, where several lives are reported lost, was entirely cut off from telegraph, telephone, and railroad communication.
On both sides of Robinson Run at Oakdale, houses were partly under water. At least forty houses were wrecked, some beyond repair.
There are rumors of several lives lost. No bodies, except the unknown Italian, have been discovered.
At Oakdale which had been for hours cut off, inquiries were made regarding the missing COYLE family. No one seemed to have any definite information as to their whereabouts.
Water was several feet deep on many streets. Houses were wedged against wrecks of bridges, into this wreckage volunteer firemen of towns which suffered from the cloudburst started with the morning dawn, searching for possible victims.
Every bridge across Robinson Run, from McDonald to Carnegie has been carried away. At 6 o'clock the firemen of McDonald started to search three houses wedged against remnants of a stone bridge in McDonald.
There is some danger of fire. All the oil pipes of the Forest, South Penn and Wheeling Oil Companies, which are located along Robinson Run, are broken. Oil is floating upon the receding waters.
While there may be several victims, the loss of life will be small, seems to be the opinion prevailing.
The property damage will be very large. In McDonald alone the damage was conservatively estimated last night at $30,000.
Washington Times District of Columbia 1904-06-29