North Carolina’s Great Flood Of 1916

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

h/t Gary H

By Paul Homewood

News of the floods in South Carolina cannot be allowed to pass without recalling the events of July 1916, the time of what has been called the Great Flood in North Carolina.

The floods were the result of two Category 4 hurricanes converging over western North Carolina causing more than three days of downpours and the worst flood in history of the Catawba River. The first storm arrived early in the month from the Gulf of Mexico with the second storm coming from the Atlantic in mid-July. This storm dropped over 13 inches of rain in one 24 hour period and the Catawba River rose to 47 feet above flood stage.

The flood water was nearly twice as deep as that of any previously recorded flood. In addition to destroying the Lake Wylie dam, the flood of 1916 washed out every bridge across the…

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