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The seven arches bridge in Johnstown after the flood. The bridge caught a huge amount of debris that had collected in the flood waters during the 14 mile journey from Lake Conemaugh to Johnstown. On the night of the flood that debris pile caught on fire.

A view of the South and North abutments of the South Fork Dam. The Visitor Center, Unger House, and Spring House are visible in the background Johnstown Flood South Fork, PA

The Johnstown Flood occurred on May 31, 1889. It was the result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam situated on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. The dam's failure unleashed a torrent of 20 million tons of water from the reservoir known as Lake Conemaugh. With a volumetric flow rate that temporarily equaled that of the Mississippi River, the flood killed 2,209 people.

Today, 112 years later, the Johnstown Flood remains the deadliest flood in our nation's history, and it's second to only the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 in terms of the number of lives lost. Description from epod.usra.edu. I searched for this on

On May 31, 1889 the combination of a horrific storm and unstable dam produced a massive flood that took the lives of more than 2,000 Johnstown residents. The Johnstown Flood museum captures the history surrounding the tragic natural disaster. Exhibits at the museum describe the timeline of the flood and include an interactive map showing the path of the storm, artifacts found after the flood, relief efforts, media representation of the flood and stories of the town’s recovery.

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Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Johnstown Flood National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)

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Head for the Hills: Johnstown Flood

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Johnstown Flood Hardcover ? Import Jun 1987