The Floods of the Spring of 1903, in the Mississippi Watershed

The Floods of the Spring of 1903, in the Mississippi Watershed

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...rise at all points in the La Crosse district on the morning of May 27, and the danger-line stage of 12 feet was forecast at La Crosse. By May 31 the crest of the rise had been reached at Red Wing, the head of the district, and continued during June 1. As the stage was only 10.3 feet, no damage occurred, the danger line being at 14 feet. At Reeds Landing, 30 miles below Red Wing, the highest stage, 9.7 feet, occurred on the same dates, with no resulting damage. On June 1 the crest stage of 11.9 feet was reached at La Crosse and maintained through June 2, after which time the water fell gradually until the end of the month. Owing to the low-lying lands in this vicinity, and to the fact that buildings and cultivated fields have approached nearer the river than elsewhere, considerable damage to property resulted. Warnings were freely disseminated among the farmers in the threatened section, enabling them in all cases to remove stock to places of safety. This was especially necessary on the islands above the city used for pasturage, the stock in some cases being taken off in flat boats. There were, of course, no means available for the protection of meadows and cultivated fields, and it is estimated that the damage to such property aggregated $2,000. Pettibone Park, belonging to the city of La Crosse and situated on Barrons Island, was damaged to the extent of $100. As no damage to buildings was anticipated no special warnings were issued to residents of the low-lying districts other than those contained in information given to the daily newspapers. Many houses in the northern portion of the city were surrounded by water, but they were constructed in anticipation of such occurrences, and consequently suffered no damage. Some timber along Black...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568095
  • 9781236568090