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THE FLOOD OF 1908

Morning Star, March 5, 2000, pg. 8

Each year at this time we write a rare "repeat" and relate to our readers about the big Flood of 1908 which occurred 92 years ago this week (March 7-8 1908). This was the "most photographed" disaster in Albion history, and numerous postcards were produced capturing the vivid destruction of a portion of downtown Albion.

In February 1908 over 60 inches of snow fell, followed by a heat wave. In early March came heavy rains, and the waters of the Kalamazoo River rose to record heights. An all-night rain on Friday March 6 raised the rushing waters to 8 feet by Saturday noon. At 3:30 p.m. that afternoon the Homer Dam broke, sending an additional five foot wave of water and ice chunks headed towards downtown Albion. By midnight the water had risen to 18 inches over the deck of the Cass Street bridge. Ironically, all bridges in Albion except the Cass Street bridge were either destroyed or severely damaged.

From our Historical Notebook this week we leave you with one of the "classic" photographs of the Flood of 1908. It was taken from the top of the roof of photographer Donald Bennetís (how convenient for him) establishment looking towards the Cass Street bridge and the White Mill in the background.


Cass Street bridge and the White Mill during the flood of 1908

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