The worst flood in U.S. history happened at Johnstown PA.
|The Schultz House|
(Photo compliments of Jaha.org)
The Schultz house, shown in this photo, is one of the most famous photos of the disaster. All six people who were in the house survived.
Clara Barton was one of the 1st outsiders to arrive, her newly formed American Red Cross leading their first major non-wartime disaster relief effort. She remained for 5 months.
|The Stone Bridge ... it still exists today.|
Many survived the flood, only to die in the fire on the debris that got hung up at the stone bridge. The debris included houses, locomotives, train cars, trees .... and human beings.
Because the bursting of the dam was considered an act of God, the residents failed in their suit for monetary compensation, which prompted a major development in American law—state courts' move from a fault-based regime to strict liability.
The flood is referenced in many fictional books, including John Jakes “The Kent Family Chronicles”.