CATASTROPHE: War and High Water

The fir and oak-bearded hills were heavy with wet and the rain and sleet gathered great churning white heads and came roaring down. Swollen rivers rose first in the Pittsburgh industrial regions, then in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama.

Also in high water were the Ouachita, Arkansas, upper Susquehanna, Chenango Rivers. Mules and field hands hiked quickly for higher ground. The cottonwood trees felt silt on their upper branches. The waters came in and rose to angry lifts. Their major attack was on the U.S. war industries.

The worst December flood...

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