Somehow, it seems appropriate to publish these old photos today.
“Over one-hundred and twenty years ago the Johnstown Flood killed 2209 people. The bodies of 900 victims were never recovered.
“The Pennsylvania flood had both natural and human origins. A powerful storm delivered six to ten inches of rain in twenty-four hours. Then the natural deluge overwhelmed a neglected dam 14 miles upstream from Johnstown.
“At 3:10 in the afternoon the dam failed releasing twenty million tons of water. The wall of water was traveling roughly 40 miles per hour as it inundated the city under 60 feet of water.”
Of course, in 1889, no one blamed the calamity on so-called global warming, or climate change. People understood that merciless mother nature, coupled with human error, inevitably leads to tragedy.