Kuttawa Flood 1939

Most people have heard of the 1937 flood, but the Kuttawa flood 1939 was almost as devastating. Here are photos taken during that time, most of them around February 14th, 1939. The water would rise another five feet after these photos were taken.

The floods of 1937 and 1939 led to the Flood Control Act of 1939. The act authorized construction of flood control projects across the United States. It also transferred ownership of the local and state dams to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Flooded Kuttawa homes 2-14-1939

Flooded Kuttawa homes 2-14-1939

Kuttawa looking north from railroad tracks

Kuttawa looking north from railroad tracks

Kuttawa in 1939

Kuttawa in 1939

Kuttawa flooded

Kuttawa flooded

Kuttawa flood water would continue to rise 5 days after this photo

Kuttawa flood water would continue to rise 5 days after this photo

Kuttawa can't tell where flood stops and river starts

Kuttawa can’t tell where flood stops and river starts

flooded Kuttawa homes 2-14-1939

flooded Kuttawa homes 2-14-1939

flooded Kuttawa and still raining

flooded Kuttawa and still raining

flooded Kuttawa near Cumberland River

flooded Kuttawa near Cumberland River

flooded Kuttawa February 1939

flooded Kuttawa February 1939

flooded Kuttawa homes

flooded Kuttawa homes

devastating floods again strike Kuttawa

devastating floods again strike Kuttawa

Homes flooded in Kuttawa

Homes flooded in Kuttawa

alone in the cold water

alone in the cold water

cold and wet winter in Kuttawa

cold and wet winter in Kuttawa

 

 

 

© Wade Kingston

 

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