Flooding, 1915


Photograph by G. C. Ashbrook, 1915.
Photograph by G. C. Ashbrook, 1915.

In another era, northwest Missouri faced the opposite of the drought we are experiencing now. May Mother Nature return to a happier medium, soon.  From the July 15, 1915 Skidmore New Era:

Water Does Great Damage:  The Nodaway River and its Tributaries are the Highest They Have Been in Years

The rains of the past week have caused great damage to crops and the small streams and rivers have done great damage to the corn and small grain.

The rains of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week have caused the Nodaway river to be the highest it has been in eight years and some say it is higher now than it was at that time.

The water Wednesday morning was running over the railroad grade south of town for about a quarter of a mile north of the railroad bridge.

To the north of town the creek known as Florida Creek got on a rampage Tuesday night and set the Burlington railroad track over about twenty feet from the road bed for about a quarter of a mile and also washed the grade out in places.  It will probably be three or four days before train service will be resumed.

Besides doing the above damage the farmers have suffered the most, being unable to save their small grain, and a large acreage of corn is covered with water.

We will try and have some half-tones next week, so that our patrons who live at a distance can see how high the water has been.

After writing the above article the railroad track south of town was washed off the road bed, but the water is receding.  We also learn of many bridges on the public highway being washed out, four or five between here and Maryville.

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