Date: January-February 1937
Significance: The flood of record for the Ohio River; $20 million in damages
Holmes says: The flooding was so widespread, people were left homeless some 30 miles away from the river. This impacted people for months you had families moving in with other families for weeks on end. I grew up in southern Illinois and remember hearing about this flood as a kid. My grandmother went through it and, though she lived 20 miles away from the river, she had neighbors who had lost their homes staying with her.