GREAT LOSS OF LIFE,
A WHOLE TOWN SWEPT AWAY,
[By Electric TELKonAPH.—Copsbight.] [Peb Pbess Association,]
NEW YORK, June 1.
Terrible floods, attended with great loss ef life, are reported from Pennsylvania. A terrific freshet in the Covenwaugh River burst the reservoir at Johnstown, near Pittsburg. The reservoir is three miles in length and one mile and a half wide. The water rushed into Johnstown, which it completely wiped out, and it is estimated that 1,500 persons have been drowned.
Two thousand of the residents were rescued from the falling houses.
The bodies of those drowned are to be seen floating down the river in 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 persons were counted passing in an almost exhausted state, and all chance of rescue was hopeless. It is feared that the villages of the South Part, Mineral Point, Covenwaugh, and Woodville have suffered, and that 8,000 persons have been drowned. Many wealthy families of Pittsburg reside in the locality, and there is immense anxiety as to their fate. The railway line from Baltimore to Ohio has been damaged by the rash of water, and seven miles completely washed away. At Johnstown there is a pile of debris 40ft high, which is embanking the floods,
A tremendous rain storm has deluged Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, submerging many of the towns. Great anxiety is felt for the safety of residents, and this is intensified owing to the suspension of communication by telegraph and railway. It is estimated that the floods in Pennsylvania and surrounding States resulted in damage being done to the extent of L 1,000,000. The debris from the wrecked houses in some way became ignited, and it ier believed hundreds of persons perished in the flames.
NEW YORK, June 2,
Piles of woodeu houses, three-quarters of a mile in length and forty feet in height, which were embanked at Johnstown, caught fire, and hundreds of refugees were burnt. Eleven hundred bodies have been recovered.
It is reported that seventy people were burnt to death in the debris at Nineva.
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DISASTROUS FLOODS., Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889
DISASTROUS FLOODS. Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889
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