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The Johnstown calamity. A slightly damaged house
The Johnstown calamity. A slightly damaged house

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Johnstown Flood Disaster
May 31, 1889

On May 31, 1889, America suffered one of the greatest disasters in its history. A flood known as the Johnstown Flood or the Great Flood of 1889 destroyed the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Several days before the disaster, a big storm over Nebraska and Kansas began to move east. When it got to Pennsylvania, 6 to 10 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. This bad storm meant bad news for the people of Johnstown.
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