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April 5, 2013

Historical society to look at 1913 flood

NEW CASTLE — The affect of the 1913 flood on New Castle will be examined Wednesday by the Lawrence County Historical Society.

The program, prepared by Anita DeVivo, will be presented by Stephanie Fulena and Andrew Henley, using photographs from the John Hitch and other collections.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the Joseph A. Clavelli History Center, 408 N. Jefferson St.

The program will examine what happened when rain fell on New Castle for six days straight.

There had been other floods in the city, as recently as 1911, but the non-stop rain that year made this one different. After so many days of rain, the city came to a stop. Businesses, merchants, tradesmen and factories suffered losses amounting to $2 million.

But the community rallied. Boats were borrowed from Cascade Park, women’s charitable groups collected clothes, the City Rescue Mission recruited workers and even the local skating rink filled its floor with makeshift beds.

Miraculously, only two lives were lost.

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