The Deadliest Flood in American History

Over 2,000 deaths and $480 million in damages

A contemporary rendition of the Johnstown Flood (1890), Unknown Artist, Public Domain

A storm was brewing near Johnstown, Pennsylvania on May 30th 1889. The next day, it brought rains and minor flooding that didn’t bother the townsfolk too much — heavy rains have come and gone before. Little did they know that later in the afternoon, death and destruction would visit.

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