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.
  • The amount of earth in Englewood Dam is equal to The Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • Local Native Americans warned Israel Ludlow about the recurring flooding in the area.
  • To prevent further damage to residential areas during future floods, Dayton created parks around dams to reduce the damage.
  • Besides the 1913 flood, Dayton has floods documented in 1814, 1828, 1832, 1847, 1866, 1883, 1897, and 1898.

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