States & cities look for help on damage repairs, 3-24-1936
STATES AND CITIES LOOK FOR HELP ON DAMAGE REPAIRS
Millions Wanted To Aid in Rehabilitation of Stricken Sections
DEATH LIST GROWS AS RIVERS RECEDE
Loss Estimated at More Than $500,000,000 with $425,000 Homeless
The flood crest of the Ohio river moved westward toward the Mississippi, Monday night; carrying destruction and suffering, into new areas, as a dozen flood-torn eastern states struggled with an immense rehabilitation task.
Hundreds of persons were deserting their homes as the Ohio inundated large areas of lowlands in the southwestern portion of the buckeye state. Dozens of villages were submerged and isolated.
A re-check of the death list, as eastern rivers rapidly receded, showed 172 dead. Property damage was estimated, unofficially and officially, at more than $500,000.000. More than 425,000 persons were homeless.
15 States Want Federal Aid
In Washington, members of Congress from fifteen states voted in favor of a joint congressional study, of flood conditions, shortly before seven high Works Progress Administration officials left hurriedly for flood areas.
Senator Guffey (D-Pa.) prepared to introduce two bills to provide appropriations totalling $68,578,000 for permanent flood control programs in the Allegheny and Susquehanna river basins.
At Hartford, Conn., insurance capital of the nation, 1,000 national guardsmen continued on duty to prevent looting. The damage there was estimated by business men at $25,000,000.
A committee of experts set the personal and property damage at Johnstown, Pa., at $28,821,602, nearly three times that of the famous flood of 1889. The estimate did not include damage to bridges, streets, sewers and other public property.
Nearly 400,000 men were reported engaged in rehabilitation work.
Meanwhile, the crest of the Ohio river neared Cincinnati.
The Situation by States
PENNSYLVANIA—Revised death list totals 112; 300,000 homeless; damage unofficially $200,000,000; Governor Earle asks federal government for $10,000,000 to aid victims ; mayor of Johnstown also asks $10,000,000.
OHIO—Four dead; 10,000 to 12,000 homeless as Ohio river flood crest surges toward the Mississippi; estimated $10,000,000 to $12,000,000 damage in upper valley; damage in lower valley lighter.
WEST VIRGINIA—Fourteen dead and 24,250 homeless; damage about $5,000,000; Governor Kump surveying flood area to determine amount needed for rehabilitation.
MASSACHUSETTS—Ten dead; 50,000 homeless; damage estimated at $200,000,000; rehabilitation workers number 60,000; governor Curley seeking $75,000,000 appropriation for relief and $8,000,000 for roads.
MAINE—Five dead; 10,000 homeless ; 25,000.000 estimated damage;
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STATES AND CITIES SEEK FLOOD HELP
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Governor Brann to seek $10,000,000 federal funds.
CONNECTICUT—Three dead; 4,000 Hartford refugees being cared for by relief agencies; Hartford business leaders estimated damage at $25,000,000 ; 8,900 guardsmen and relief workers on duty; 800 homeless at Middletown; governor Cross seeking $5,000,000 for rehabilitation.
VERMONT—Five dead; damage estimated at $1,000,000 ; 3,000 reconstruction workers.
NEW HAMPSHIRE—One dead; 8,000 homeless ; damage unofficially put at $20,000,000 to $25,000,000; national guardsmen and other relief workers, 1,700.
MARYLAND—Four dead; estimated damage $6,000,000; homeless 8,000; total of $5,214,225 sought in federal, state and Red Cross funds.
VIRGINIA—Four dead; practically none now homeless; damage $2,000,000.
NEW YORK—Two dead; 8,000 temporarily homeless now returning; damage $5,000,000; 10,000 WPA workers and 200 guardsmen on duty.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA—-None dead; 60 families homeless; damage $600,000 ; 3,700 rehabilitation workers.
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Western Maryland, 1936