Great Louisville Flood of 1937

It started raining in Louisville on January 13th, 1937. When the rain stopped on January 24th about 15 inches had fallen in only 12 days.

Here is a link to a zoomable map of the flooded areas of the city during the great flood of January, 1937. My parents had vivid memories of the event and we were told many flood stories. Early in my career I worked with veteran radio broadcasters who performed a great civic duty during the flood, relaying messages and calling for boat rescues when that medium was still young.

Louisville was not alone. Communities all along the mighty Ohio were affected.

Silent footage of the ’37 flood in various river communities.


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

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