Rain Does Big Damage, 1907

Some bad weather news from the July 18, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Rain Does Big Damage.
Between 8 and 9 inches of water falls in four hours – Nodaway River and smaller streams out of their banks.
Many bridges washed out.
Much damage to Burlington track — men working night and day to save live stock.

The rain that fell at this place Sunday night between seven and eleven o’clock was by far the heaviest that ever visited this section. At times it rained so hard that it was impossible to see across the street, and those who were not here to see will have only a faint conception of the immensity of the down pour when told that in the four hours, between 8 and 9 inches of water fell, flooding the ground, and in a very short time every little stream was a roaring torrent. The water in these streams together with that from the hillsides rolled into the Nodaway river and before the rain ceased falling the water began to overflow the bottom land.

It was then that men who had stock in the river and creek bottoms began the task of moving their horses, cattle and hogs to higher ground. The water rose with such rapidity and the darkness so intense that it was with difficulty this was accomplished and in some cases it was impossible to reach them before they were swept away in the flood, but as it was, a greater part of the stock was saved.

The County Court, township trustees and road overseers are having their share of trouble as nearly every bridge of any size was torn from their places by the high waters and placed where they would do the least good. All the bridges across the river near this place were not injured. Those living near the smaller streams say they were higher at this time than ever before.

Many cellars and caves were turned into cisterns and roofs that had never leaked before did not keep out all of the water.

The railroad co. also came in for its share of the damage. This branch was hard hit. Track was washed out between here and Quitman in the Sand Creek and Florida bottoms, and near Maitland. A greater portion of the track between Mound City and Bigelow was washed away and it will take several days to fix it so trains can run. The railroad track between where and Quitman will be ready for service some time today (Thursday) or tomorrow. This branch, the main line between Bigelow and St. Joseph and the roads between Kansas City and St. Joseph were the most seriously damaged.

Groups of men all over the country are busily engaged in mending bridges along the highways and it will be only a short time until travel can be resumed with some degree of safety.

Take it all in all this rain caused more damage than any that ever fell in this section of the country.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *