Dayton Flood Facts

Note: Due to the current events across the country, there are a lot of questions about the potential for flooding in the Dayton Area. Our next few posts will address those concerns, and share a little bit of the history regarding floods in the Dayton region.

  • It is believed that the weather conditions leading to the 1913 Dayton Flood were caused by the eruption of Mount Katmai and its daughter volcano Novarupta in Alaska in 1912. Novarupta emitted enough fine ash into the atmosphere to cool the climate of the Northern Hemisphere that winter. This storm caused the Great Tornadoes of Omaha before striking Dayton.
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Miami Conservancy District

Note: Due to the current events across the country, there are a lot of questions about the potential for flooding in the Dayton Area. Our next few posts will address those concerns, and share a little bit of the history regarding floods in the Dayton region.

The Miami Conservancy District was organized in 1915, in response to the Great Dayton Flood. The MCD built levees, straightened the river channel, and built 5 dams to control flooding in the Miami Valley. The Miami Conservancy District was the first major watershed district in the nation. The district and its projects are unusual in that they were funded almost entirely by local tax initiatives.

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Vonderheide Act – Ohio Conservancy Law

Note: Due to the current events across the country, there are a lot of questions about the potential for flooding in the Dayton Area. Our next few posts will address those concerns, and share a little bit of the history regarding floods in the Dayton region.

“To forever protect the lives and property of the people of the Miami Valley from floods; to fix the charges against those who are benefited, and nobody else; to reimburse everyone who is in any way damaged through the construction of such works as may be necessary; to pay a just price for all property in any way injured; to complete the work in the shortest possible length of time”

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