On St Patrick’s Day in 1936, Pittsburgh endured the worst flood in its history. Rain, warmer-than-normal temperatures, rapidly melting snow, and ice jams resulted in devastating damage. The downtown from the Point to Grant Street was under water for five days. The death toll from the flood was impossible to determine, but about 69 deaths were recorded in the city.
A supplement to the Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph dated 29 Mar 1936 presented a pictorial history of the devastation. Special Flood Supplement. Twenty-four pages of images taken by staff photographers document the suffering.
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