The Great Flood of 1937 – January 27th

flyoverWhile the weather today is pretty bad, imagine what it was like in 1937. On January 27th 1937 the river crested and 70% of Louisville was underwater. They stored all of the streetcars in Louisville on Haldeman Ave. which is now 6th street in Beechmont. Beechmonter’s were luckier than most, because we escaped the flood. Southern Junior High on Ashland at Bellevue was used as a temporary shelter for people whose houses were washed away.
If you go up to the second floor at our house and look behind the attic bedroom door, you can see the names of the people who stayed here written in pencil there.

You can get more information on this “watershed” event at The Great Ohio River flood of 1937 or talk to someone over 75.

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