Tuesday, March 5, 2013

People In Low Lands Heed Warning and Prepare for Flood Stage By Thursday

The Register-Leader, Wednesday, March 26, 1913

Many Residents and Business houses Began moving out at 8 O'Clock This Morning.

Forty-Five Feet Predicted for Marietta.

Forecaster Howe, This Morning, Stated That Marietta Will get 45 Feet and Zanesville is Facing Worst Flood in Her History - Rainfall has Been General and Very Heavy Over Muskingum and Ohio Valleys.

Today's Stages:

8:00 A.M. - 25 feet, rising 10 inches per hour.
9:00 A.M. - 25.8 feet, rising 10 inches per hour.
10:00 A.M. - 26.7 feet, rising 11 inches per hour.
11:00 A.M. - 27.6 feet, rising 11 inches per hour.
12:00 - 28.5 feet, rising 11 inches per hour.
1:00 P.M. - 29.5 feet, rising 1 foot per hour.
2:00 P.M. - 30.5 feet, rising 1 foot per hour.

Weather Forecaster H. C. Howe, in charge of the bureau at Parkersburg, this afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, predicted for Marietta a high water stage of 45 feet by Thursday afternoon.

He further predicted that the river would probably reach a higher stage if the present general rains continued.  He also stated that the rivers would continue to rise at a rapid rate for many hours.

A report from Pittsburgh received by the River Gas Company and the Weather Bureau at two o'clock, was to the effect that there was a stage of 22.4 feet at that city, and the Ohio was rising at the rate of four tenths inches per hour.  Pittsburgh will have a stage of 32 feet by noon, Thursday, according to the report.

A report from Wheeling stated that the stage at that city at 2 o'clock was 35.5 feet and rising about a foot an hour.  Wheeling expects a 42 foot stage by Thursday noon.

The Weather Bureau's report from St. Marys was to the effect that there was a stage of 28.2 feet there and that the river was rising at the rate of a foot per hour.  The river at St. Marys had risen over eight feet since seven o'clock, this morning.

Reports from down the river as far as Pt. Pleasant were that the river at that point was rising one foot per hour.

heeding the warning broadcast over the Ohio and Muskingum valleys that the most disastrous floods are fast materializing as a result of the steady downpour of rain since Tuesday morning, the residents of the low lands of Marietta and business houses and manufacturing plants began preparations for high water, as early as 8 o'clock this morning.

The situation at 9 o'clock was anything but encouraging for Marietta and vicinity.  From Zanesville came the report that that city was preparing for the worst deluge in its history, while from points up the Ohio telephone messages said the river was rising rapidly at all points from Franklin down and that the rainfall had been exceedingly heavy during the night.

Disastrous floods in the central part of the state have had their effect upon the Muskingum river and this combined with the heavy rainfall at all points along that stream, which started creeks on a mad rampage has made conditions along the Muskingum the worst that they have been since the flood of 1884.

With such rapidity have the waters of the Muskingum risen that at many points people in the low lands were caught unawares and were unable to remove much of their property from the path of the swollen stream.

The Register-Leader sought every reliable source of information and issued bulletins at an early hour on the situation.  Inability to reach the headwaters of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers by telegraph made it impossible to get the news through until almost noon.  connections by long distance telephone with Columbus resulted in the early reports, today, on the condition in Dayton, where a number of relatives and friends of local people reside.

It was predicted by Forecaster Howe, of Parkersburg, at ten o'clock this morning, that the rivers here will reach a stage of 45 feet.  Some local river men were predicting about the same.

Marietta is practically surrounded by water and no trains have been able to leave the city except the M. C. & C., which can go only as far as Cutler, and the B. & O., which is making the regular run from this city to Parkersburg.

The Pennsylvania company has annulled all of its trains owing to the fact that nearly the entire track from Canal Dover to this city is under water.  The regular passenger train which is scheduled to leave Marietta at 6:35 o'clock a.m., was unable to leave, today.

The O. & L. K. train which leaves this city at 7:10 o'clock, for Zanesville, is still in the local yards, and will be unable to run until the waters have abated.

Reports this morning from the B. & O. freight office were to the effect that there was two feet of water in the station at Malta at eight o'clock and that the river was rising at the rate of five inches per hour.  The water was just coming over the tracks at Stockport at the same time.  This is the highest point on the O. & L. K. line between here and Zanesville, and the water is never known to have crossed the tracks here before.

All telegraph wires of the company are down and they are unable to communicate with Zanesville.

Although the B. & O. train was able to run to Parkersburg today, passengers bound for Cincinnati could not leave Parkersburg as the trains on the B. & O. Southwestern lines have been annulled.

Reported from out the M. C. & C. were to the effect that there was five feet of water on the tracks near Cutler, this morning, and that about two more feet are expected. This level would be about five feet higher than the stage in that vicinity during the January flood.

The only through trains in this vicinity are on the Ohio River road.  These trains have been running regularly, today, and have been going through to Pittsburgh.  The through trains will in all probability have to be annulled, this evening, or Thursday morning.

Company B Ready for Call to Scenes of Destruction

Orders Received by Col. Knox to Mobilize Entire Seventh Regiment.

Captain Dyar, of Local Company, Holds His men in Readiness.

Company B, Seventh Ohio Infantry, is in readiness for orders to move to the scenes of the disastrous floods in central and northern Ohio.

Colonel Knox received his orders from General Speaks at one o'clock, Wednesday morning.  He at once notified Capt. Dyar, who called his men together.

Instead of ringing the alarm, as is customary, Capt. Dyar dispatched a few of his men to summon the company together.

The following is a copy of Colonel Knox's orders:

Colonel H. D. Knox, 7th Infantry, Marietta, Ohio.

Pursuant to orders of the governor, you are directed to mobilize the 7th infantry for service in connection with the floods.  Destination will probably be Piqua, Sidney, Springfield, Dayton and other points in the Miami valley.  Get in touch with railroad authorities and advise when transportation can be made for Columbus.  Advise at earliest moment.

General J. C. Speaks.

Telegram through Parkersburg by long distance phone, 12:55.

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