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AND THROUGH THE BLACK NIGHT OF TERROR

The 1913 Flood in the Northern Miami Valley

DARKE COUNTY

Six railroad workers drowned when the train they were riding on the Pennsylvania Railroad was swept into Greenville Creek near New Harrison in the pre-dawn hours of March 25, 1913. A total of 20 men found themselves in the raging flood waters and in a fight for their lives. All were swept into a grove of thistle trees.  Five of the six men were Italian immigrants who had come to the United States in search of a better life and opportunities, the remains of all but one were later returned to Italy. Two passenger trains were stranded at New Madison for five days. Forty-seven bridges were damaged or destroyed, a majority of bridges over the Stillwater river were washed away, many rosds and fills disappeared in the flood water.

Greenville -- Mud Creek and Greenville Creek quickly became angry rivers, flooding both the water plant and the electric light plant.  Low sections of town were flooded, all three railroad and the interurban railway were shut down. One man from Greenville drown when he decided to go duck hunting during the height of the storm on March 25.
Most of the small villages throughout the region saw street flooding along with flooded cellars and basements. At least three lost all electric when the power house at Greenville was flooded. Forty-seven bridges were damaged or destroyed and many roads were scoured. Most of the bridges over the Stillwater River in Darke County were washed away by the flood

Flood refugees walked along the railroad tracks near Greenville.
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