Thirty-five years ago on July 19, residents of Johnstown, Pa., watched helplessly as the river water swelled into their streets. I survived the Johnstown Flood...

Thirty-five years ago on July 1977 residents of Johnstown, Pa., watched helplessly as the river water swelled into their streets. I survived the Johnstown Flood.

On May 31, 1889, the Johnstown Flood kills over 2,200 people, the result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam.

The South Fork Dam collapsed on May causing a flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania USA that killed more than people.

The Johnstown Flood occurred on May 31, 1889. It was the result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam situated 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, made worse by several days of extremely heavy rainfall. The dam's failure unleashed a torrent of 20 million tons of water. The flood killed over 2,200 people and caused 17 million dollars in damage.

The failure of the South Fork Dam on Lake Conemaugh, near South Fork, Pennsylvania, May 1889

Charles H. Zimmerman of Johnstown, Pa., blows snow from the church driveway on Monday after a late winter storm dumped several centimetres on the region. Forecasters say similar weather is headed for Nova Scotia. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Charles H. Zimmerman of Johnstown, Pa., blows snow from the church driveway on Monday after a late winter storm dumped several centimetres on the region. Forecasters say similar weather is headed for Nova Scotia. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Johnstown, Pa., 1889  May 31, 1889  Significance: More than 2,200 dead  South Fork Dam failed, unleashing 20 million tons of water on Johnstown, located just 14 miles from the dam. Less than an hour after the dam burst, a wall of water some 30 feet high smashed into the town at speeds of 20 to 40 miles per hour.

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Date: May 1889 Significance: More than dead Holmes says: Engineers are called on all the time to analyze what would happen if a dam burst — where would all the water go, how fast.

Johnstown PA. it was cleaned up and in color when I saw it. worst flood disaster in US history.

it was cleaned up and in color when I saw it. worst flood disaster in US history.

Johnstown PA - The Johnstown Flood

Aftermath of the Johnstown Flood, Pennsylvania, 1889 Arguably America's greatest environmental disaster, the failure of the South Fork Da.

Johnstown, Pa.

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Shown is a view of Main Street in downtown Johnstown, Pa., on July 20, 1977, after floodwaters began to recede. The flood left 85 people dead, affected more than 7,300 families in seven counties and destroyed homes, businesses, dams, roads and bridges.(AP Photo, File)

Shown is a view of Main Street in downtown Johnstown, Pa., on July

The Johnstown flood - Main Street, looking east Johnstown Flood Disaster  May 31, 1889

The Johnstown flood - Main Street, looking east Johnstown Flood Disaster May 1889

Three Floods Later, Johnstown is Still Standing

Thirty-five years ago, residents of Johnstown, Pa., watched helplessly as the river water swelled into their streets.

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