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These photographs show flood waters in Fremont, Ohio, during the 1959 flood. The photographs measure approximately 5" x 7" (12.70 x 17.78 cm). A two-mile ice jam, frozen ground, and five inches of rain sent the Sandusky River over its banks on January 22, 1959, creating one of the city's worst disasters. Cresting at seventeen feet (five feet above flood stage), the Sandusky River spilled over into Fremont's downtown shopping area, dividing the city when the State Street Bridge became impassable. Thirteen hundred residents were evacuated from low-lying areas during the course of the flood. Cold weather and a three-inch snow hampered recovery efforts. Declared a disaster area, the city of Fremont suffered damages estimated at $10 million. The following month a second flood inundated the area. The Ohio Air National Guard, Red Cross, and Civil Defense units assisted state, county, and city officials with recovery and rescue efforts. Only the 1913 flood caused greater damage. Although Fremont city officials frequently proposed a flood control project to protect the downtown area, it did not receive serious consideration until the "twin floods of 1959." Bureaucracy and a lack of consensus on the part of local residents prevented the project from becoming a reality until 1970.


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