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TERRIBLE FLOODS IN AMERICA.

-. GREAT LOSS OF LIFE. (UR *8188 ASSOCIATION ) Niw Yobk, Jane 1* Terrible floods, attended witfi great loss of life, are reported from Pennyslvania. A terrific freshet m the Covenmaugh river burst a reservoir at Johnstown, near Pittsburg. The reservoir is three miles m length and one mile •nd a half wide. The water rushed into Johnstown, which is completely wiped out, and it is estimated that 1500. persons have been drowned. Two thousand of the residents were jrcfcoed from falling houses. The bodies of those drowned are to be seen floating down the river m hundreds. Large numbers of the unfortunate inhabitants, when washed from, their dwellings, were seen, floating about clinging to driftwood and trees, and imploring for help, but there were no means at hand. At San Florence , alone eighty-five person! were counted passing m an almost exhausted itate,. c .and all chance of rescue was hopeless. It m feared that the villages of Southport, Mineral Point, Covenmaugh and Woodville have suffered and that 8000 persons have been drowned* Many wealthy families of Pittsburg reside m the locality, and there is intense excitement as to their ftte., The railway line from Baltimore to Ohio has been damaged by the rush of water, and seven miles completely washed away. At Johnstown there is a pile of debris 40ft high, which is embanking the flood.

A tremendous rain storm has deluged Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, submerging many of the towns. Great anxiety is felt for the safety of the residents, and this is intensified owing to tbe suspension of communication by telegraph and railway. It is estimated that the floods m Pennsylvania and the surrounding States resulted m damage being done to the extent of j£i, 000,000. The debris from the wrecked houses m some way became ignited, and it is believed hundreds of persons perished m tbe flames.

(Received Jane 3, 1.9 p.m.) New Yobk, Jurie 2.

Numbers of wooden houses, which were washed away by the floods at Johnstown and formed into an embankment three-quarters of a mile long and forty feet high, caught fire, and hundreds of persons who were taking refuge on the pile were burned to deatn.

Eleven hundred bodies have been recovered.

Jtji reported that seventy people were burned, to death at Nineveh by the flebrii from wrecked bouse*, among which they w?rc taking relive, cutchiog

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TERRIBLE FLOODS IN AMERICA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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TERRIBLE FLOODS IN AMERICA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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