# What was the lesson of the Johnstown flood?

## What was the lesson of the Johnstown flood?

The biggest lesson learned from the Johnstown flood, Spragens said, is that safety officials need to stay vigilant and not shirk on upkeep. You cannot just let a dam sit there and age and try to take shortcuts with the fixes, Spragens said.

## Who is to blame for the Johnstown flood?

To the residents of Johnstown and many people across the nation, blame lay clearly with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the other wealthy and prominent Pittsburgh businessmen who as members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club owned the dam, and thus were responsible for its collapse.

## What caused the great flood of Johnstown?

The South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania collapses on May 31, 1889, causing the Johnstown Flood, killing more than 2,200 people. Johnstown is 60 miles east of Pittsburgh in a valley near the Allegheny, Little Conemaugh and Stony Creek Rivers. As the canal system fell into disuse, maintenance on the dam was neglected.

## How did Johnstown recover from the flood?

In the immediate aftermath of the flood, the avalanche of graphic newspaper reports fueled an enormous charitable outpouring. Goods, services and money were donated, and volunteers came to town to help in the huge task of rebuilding the city.

## Why was the Johnstown Flood important?

More about the 1936 and 1977 disasters. The great Johnstown flood of 1889 is remembered as the worst disaster by dam failure in American history. The relief effort was the first major peacetime disaster for Clara Barton and the fledgling American Red Cross.

## What was especially significant about the role the American Red Cross played in the Johnstown flood?

To the residents of Johnstown and many people across the nation, blame lay clearly with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the other wealthy and prominent Pittsburgh businessmen who as members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club owned the dam, and thus were responsible for its collapse.

## What were some of the outcomes of this disaster Johnstown Flood?

According to the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, 2,209 people died, almost 400 of them children. Among the dead were 99 entire families. The $17 million in damage (more than$4.4 billion in current dollars) included 1,600 obliterated homes and four square miles of complete destruction

## What was learned from the Johnstown Flood?

The biggest lesson learned from the Johnstown flood, Spragens said, is that safety officials need to stay vigilant and not shirk on upkeep. You cannot just let a dam sit there and age and try to take shortcuts with the fixes, Spragens said.

## What caused the Johnstown Flood and how many deaths resulted from it?

The South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania collapses on May 31, 1889, causing the Johnstown Flood, killing more than 2,200 people. The dam was part of an extensive canal system that became obsolete as the railroads replaced the canal as a means of transporting goods.

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## How did people respond to the Johnstown flood?

In the morning, Johnstown residents moved furniture and carpets to their second floors away from the rising waters of the Conemaugh and Stoney Creek Rivers. Businesses let their employees go home early to prepare their homes and families for flooding.

## What did people do after the Johnstown flood?

Court case and recovery. In the years following the disaster, some people blamed the members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club for their modifications to the dam and failure to maintain it properly. The club had bought and redesigned the dam to turn the area into a vacation retreat in the mountains.

## Why was Carnegie blamed for the Johnstown flood?

To the residents of Johnstown and many people across the nation, blame lay clearly with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the other wealthy and prominent Pittsburgh businessmen who as members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club owned the dam, and thus were responsible for its collapse.