March 14-18, 1907
Floods Sweep Southern Ohio

All rivers flowing southward into the Ohio River reached flood stage during March 14-17, 1907. More than 4 inches of rain fell across the southern third of Ohio during March 12-14, with the heaviest rain, 5 to 6 inches, in a band from Cincinnati eastward to Athens and Noble County. There were 32 deaths reported in Ohio. Dozens of homes in Athens were swept away, overturned, or lifted off their foundations by the raging Hocking River.

The photo above shows large areas of Athens inundated. Twelve lives were reported lost, and businesses and railroads also suffered heavy losses.

Photo courtesy of Fern Pickenpaugh

The scene above is of Lowell, Ohio, during the flood. Lowell lies between two ridges on the banks of the Muskingum River.

There were 15 deaths along the Hocking River at Athens and Nelsonville. At Waverly, the Scioto River washed out every railroad leading into the city. Six hundred people were forced from their homes in Zanesville. The Miami River reached flood stage from its upper reaches at Sidney downstream through Dayton, Miamisburg, and Hamilton, causing major damage in many neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy of Fern Pickenpaugh