The Story Of The Portsmouth Flood

This Sunday at 8 pm WOSU TV brings you another wonderful program from the Portsmouth area, RIVER VOICES: A PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN RIVER COMMUNITY.  If you enjoyed last week’s program about the floodwall murals, you will not want to miss this program. RIVER VOICES: A PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN RIVER COMMUNITY  tells the story of the 1937 Ohio River flood.

The Ohio River in Portsmouth, reached an astounding 74.23 feet, more than 12 feet over the city’s floodwall.  Nearly two-thirds of Portsmouth, Ohio was covered by water.  Remarkably only one resident perished in the tragedy but more than 32,000 people were displaced from their homes.  When the water receded unimaginable devastation was left and the Portsmouth community would have to summoned all its strength for a massive cleanup effort that still resonates with the people of  Portsmouth today.

Tune in or set your DVR Sunday, February 23 at 8pm on WOSU TV or Monday, February 24 at 8pm on WOSU PLUS.