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

 

 

 

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