Floodwaters and Flames: The 1913 Disaster in Dayton, Ohio By Lois Miner Huey

    A good choice for kids who like reading natural disaster stories, the Dayton Flood of 1913 is one of the biggest floods that the country has experienced and lots of current disaster and flood procedures stem from its happening. Told in multiple viewpoints, the story follows a handful of people through the three days of the flood, including a town librarian, the head of a large company whose building was set up as a refuge, and one young worker who saved 300 people himself in a boat. 1467794325 The story is told from many people’s point of view which makes the story fragmented. It’s very interesting and features a lot of brave people as well as those that foolishly didn’t listen 1467794325 The graphic designer ought to have received credit in this book. The design is attractive and helps readers follow the stories of various survivors. The text includes the account of a black baseball pitcher who saved hundreds of lives. 1467794325 Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
    The Johnstown Pennsylvania Flood, 1889
    The Great Dayton Flood of 1913.
    What? You haven’t heard of that last one?
    You should have. This book provides ample arguments to rank Dayton’s flood as one of the most significant disasters in American history. A confluence of forces created a flood of unimaginable proportions: a rogue and persistent weather system, the geography and topography of rivers and valleys, and the cautionary voice of one who had “cried wolf” about impending floods once too often and so was ignored.
    Specific decisions and innovative thinking by key players from widely varied walks of life saved countless lives and spawned the federal agency now known as FEMA. Those individuals were diverse in experience, nature, location, and prominence, including Katharine and Wilbur Wright and Bill Sloan, a Negro League star. All are portrayed through archival photographs, quotations, clippings, and maps, woven into dramatic text that reads like a thriller. The well-researched story is a winner in itself, but is further enhanced by “water-stained” pages and comprehensive back matter: author’s note, timeline, source notes, glossary, index, and follow-up resources. This reads from first page to last as a docu-drama and has all the attraction of a blockbuster film. It doesn’t disappoint. 1467794325 I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    Floodwaters and Flames tells the mostly forgotten story of the 1913 flood in Dayton, Ohio. I had not heard of the Great Dayton Flood before and was interested to learn about it. Lois Miner Huey brings attention to an extraordinary event in American History, attention that is long overdue. I learned a lot from Floodwaters and Flames and was impressed by the heroism show by the people within its pages. Huey does an excellent job recounting the events of 1913 in a way that young readers will understand
    I liked how the book focuses on individuals who lived through the flood, telling the timeline of events through their eyes. The cast of characters ranges from the famous—Wilbur Wright--to the everyday citizen. Each played their own important role in the flood and many were hailed as heroes long after the floodwaters receded and the smoked cleared.
    I love history. I enjoy reading non-fiction. I want to pass this onto my patrons, but it can be difficult when children’s books look and read like a school textbook. Floodwaters and Flames is the perfect non-fiction book to hand to children. Many will be familiar with Wilbur Wright, and Huey’s writing makes it feel like an adventure story. The layout of the book is eye catching. The timeline and glossary in the back are helpful to young readers new to nonfiction. Fans of Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived series will enjoy reading a real life disaster survival story
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    The March and April storm of 1913 was the largest the United States had ever seen. Discover how the people of Dayton, Ohio the city that suffered the most struggled and survived. Floodwaters and Flames: The 1913 Disaster in Dayton, Ohio

    This exciting nonfiction title reads more like a firsthand diary account of the historic 1913 flood and its harrowing ordeal in the small city of Dayton, Ohio. Photographs and primary sources abound in this highly readable text. Readers are introduced to the heroes and heroines who really existed and fought hard to save themselves, others, and important landmarks in their beloved city. From foremen to librarians to cash register company owners, their true stories are revealed to readers through this heart-pounding retelling of the flood disaster, which lasted three intense days. A really stellar author’s note at the end offers insightful details as to how she included her research and primary sources through her writing. A very timely book on natural disasters, and how this particular disaster is a shining and timely example of what citizens and the government can do to come together to deal with disasters and clean-up. Recommended for elementary and middle school collections, especially those in Ohio. 1467794325 I was excited when I learned there was a new book, written for children, about the Great Dayton Flood. The book was well done, if short. Most of what I read in the book, I felt was a repeat of what I have read on memorial plaques along the river in Dayton. But that is coming from someone who lived in the Dayton, Ohio area for almost 30 years. My kids and I are already very familiar with the people, places and events chronicled in this book. We found ourselves stopping and discussing places we have visited and things we know about that were not really covered in the book, or at least not covered in detail.
    However, for most, the great storm of 1913 is largely forgotten and this book does a excellent job of introducing this historic natural disaster. 1467794325 I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot about this great flood in regards to the other end of the state. I already knew about this flood from the perspective of Northeast Ohio and how it mostly destroyed the Ohio and Erie Canal. What I didn't know was how it inundated the city of Dayton, as well as much of the Midwest and Northeast.

    Things that helped convey the vast information shared in this book were: a) the detailed map illustrating the locations of the rivers and creek that contributed to this disaster. The map also provided details about city streets, homes, businesses, and the flooded area of the city. Finally, there is brief information about the people that the reader follows in the book and the location each is tied to.

    This book also includes captioned photographs that show a lot of the destruction and aftermath of this event, as well as brief sidebars, boxes that highlight information about specific things tied to the flood.

    At the end of the book is a Timeline, Glossary, and Selected Biography, as well as a small list of Places to Visit, a For More Information section, and Index.

    Some interesting tidbits:

    I never really thought about it, but do you know what YMCA stands for? According to this book, it's Young Men's Christian Association.

    Historians estimate more than 1000 lives were lost across the country and during the storm and flooding of 1913. More than 400 people died in Ohio, most of them in Dayton. The disaster cost the State of Ohio $300 million, or about $7 billion in today's money. More than 20,000 homes were destroyed.

    Being a Reference Librarian, I was most riveted by what happened at the Dayton Public Library. I positively cringed when the author stated that 45,000 books were soaked with water, and that volunteers were only able to dry 2,500 of them. I cheered while reading the next few sentences about donations coming in from across the country and women in Dayton raising money to purchase Children's books. I am beyond amazed that the library opened again in June of that year!

    Something good always comes from something bad. In 1913, it was expected that city and state governments would handle their own emergencies and provide money and people for cleanup. Despite this, Governor James Cox declared Martial Law for Dayton and called President Woodrow Wilson at the height of the storm to ask for help. Within 10 minutes of Cox's appeal, Wilson ordered the War Department to ship tents, food, and medical supplies to flooded areas. He then called members of Congress and uged them to pass a law allowing the use of War Department supplies. Today, FEMA is the arm of the US government that provides aid to communities in disasters across the country.

    After the storm, the city of Dayton made plans to prevent future floods. In 1913 levees were the most common flood control measure in the U.S. At the end of the 19th century, engineers began building dams and reservoirs to hold back and collect floodwater. The people of Dayton raised over $2 million to build 5 dams and reservoirs along the Great Miami River. Since 1913, those dams have held back floodwaters from Dayton 1,5oo times!

    Also, I think it is interesting to note that at the end of the 19th century, the trend for holding back floodwaters became dams and reservoirs. Levees became a thing of the past, and yet, in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city was protected by levees, which were breached by the floodwaters. Do we really ever learn?

    Although dealing with their own cleanup after the storm, residents of Cleveland, Ohio, used their charity group called the Community Chest to send medical supplies and nurses to Dayton. The Community Chest had been formed only one month before the storm. Its mission was to bring together many charities under one organization. Sound familiar? It should as they later became the United Way.

    The Great Dayton Flood has been forgotten by many, which is surprising when you think about what else occurred in the years preceding and succeeding 1913. In 1912, the Titanic sunk and in 1914, the world witnessed the start of World War I. In the list of the Top Four Floods in the United States, the Great Dayton Flood is #3, while the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood of 1889 is #4. So, why don't people remember this?

    1467794325 A fascinating account of one of the most disastrous floods in American history that eventually led to the development of the Red Cross and FEMA. Students familiar with Hurricane Katrina will compare both events, which could make for an interesting discussion. The author used an impressive amount of primary sources, and the photographs included in the book are amazing. There are also a good number of additional resources for readers who want to learn more about this event. 1467794325 Interesting tale of the flood, with clear stories told from a variety of viewpoints and photos illustrating each point. Captions indicate the difference between the image and the story, with clear lines showing where the information is coming from. Most people were chosen to show what was happening in various sections of town, although the inclusion of Orville Wright was clearly for his celebrity. 1467794325

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