This is the story of a human disaster. Ever since mankind received its eviction notice from the Garden of Eden, nature has sometimes turned against us. The real story of such events is not the mechanics of the disaster, but rather how mankind copes with overwhelming destructive forces that are utterly beyond humanity's control. It is during times of testing like these that the facade is torn away and a society reveals its true values. This will determine whether or not it has the strength to withstand the trial-or is rotted on the inside and ready to collapse. We can see throughout history how man copes with such disasters, leaving behind a permanent record of who they were and what they really valued." (Excerpt from Cincinnati Under Water: The 1937 Flood.)
Whether it is from floods, epidemics, volcanoes, or hurricanes, this book describes how the Midwest, in towns along the Ohio River through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois suffered and coped with unprecedented destruction from flooding and fires. At the same time they fought off typhoid with immunizations and coped with refugees from the flooded areas. And it is about those who came out and helped in any way they could.