Ohio: Disaster Along The Wegee

Disaster Along The Wegee

The deluge of rain began as dusk fell over the Appalachians in eastern Ohio. By 11 p.m. 5 1/2 in. had pounded the foothills and cascaded into the hollows. In Shadyside, a village of 4,300 people along the Ohio River, residents were unaware that in the darkness a 40-ft. wall of water had risen in Wegee Creek, which is usually ankle deep, and was rolling toward them. It hit with enough force to knock frame houses off their foundations, carry mobile homes downstream and buckle the concrete walls of a tavern. One patron was carried away by the water; another survived...

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