Flooded Homes, St. Patrick's Day, 1936

The St. Patrick's Day flood of 1936 inundated not only McIntyre, as shown in this photo, but other parts of Pennsylvania as well. Heavy rain fell for several days. Because the ground was frozen solid up to four feet deep in many parts of the state, the rain falling into the Ohio and the Susquehanna River Basins spilled into their many tributaries, including other rivers, streams, creeks, and runs.

Damage to roads and bridges in Indiana County was estimated at more than one million dollars. The flood damaged the two mines in McIntyre and temporarily halted work. In Indiana County, six persons died, two were injured, and 205 families were left homeless. Hundreds were fed and housed by local charitable organizations. Seventy persons were killed statewide between the areas of Pittsburgh and Johnstown and property losses were believed to exceed 500 million dollars according to an article in the Blairsville Dispatch newspaper. Flood waters covered approximately 3,000 square miles of the state.

Photo: courtesy Ed Setlock family collection.

Clarence D. Stephenson, Indiana County 175th Anniversary History, vol. 2
(Indiana, Pennsylvania: Halldin Publishing Company, 1989), 519. 

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