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"1951 Flood" magazine article
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Paul E Robinson
L P Cookingham
J Roland Carr
Harold S Buttenheim
1951: The Great Flood
Photos and article about the 1951 flood, "the second major flood of Kansas City, Kansas history" and the author's experiences in surviving it.
A Plan to Meet Disaster
Article regarding the necessity of trained workers for employment in flood control and relief work over untrained volunteers.
Aviation Facilities Suffer Flood Damage
July 23, 1951
Summary of effects of the flood on the most severely hit airlines.
But Spirit Was Undampened
Details and photos of "the greatest industrial loss in American history" or "Black Friday the Thirteenth, July, 1951."
City, State and Nation: Midwest Floods Inspire Cooperation
Flooding and clogging of the Turkey Creek Pumping Station leads to shortage of clean water in spite of the increased water accumulation.
Contractors, Unions Team Up to Clean Up
Formation of cooperative, non-profit group of construction companies to help the city restore water service and reopen streets after the flood.
Correction to the April 26 article by Richard G. Baumhoff in "The Nation" magazine, notably the editing mistake about the author's comments on the part of the Missouri River valley affected by the 1951...
Dam the Missouri Floods!
Brief article about the proposed engineering project on the Missouri River to be regulated by its own comprehensive federal agency, covering flood control, electrical energy, soil conservation, navigation,...
Digging Out Kansas City Business
Recovery from flood involving literally digging business buildings out from the "evil-smelling mud."
Emergency Sanitation Lessons from the 1951 Flood in Kansas
Extensive article about emergency sanitation factors at work during the 1951 flood, discussing utility outages, handling of refuse, disease control, and flood recovery.
Fight Against Flood Damage
Many photos with text displaying the sediment and wreckage that was cleaned up quickly after the flood.
Flood Hits Industry
Sugar Creek refinery near Kansas City only source of oil after the flood's damage to other plants.
Flood Victim Recovers
Story of how the Great Lakes Pipe Line Company met special flood problems after their Kansas City terminal's shutdown due to flooding.
Flood Waters Roll into History as New Marks Are Set, Controls Talk Revives
Description with numerous photos of the flood, accompanied by engineering plans to prevent a similar reoccurrence.
Friday the Thirteenth. ..
All sorts of views of the 1951 flood in photos with captions.
How Superflood Wrecked Kansas City
Brief account of the flood damage and the city's recovery.
How to Stop Floods: Answers from General Pick, Top Man for River Control
Interview of "General Lewis Pick, Chief of the Army's Corps of Engineers and coauthor of the Pick-Sloan Plan for harnessing the Missouri" River, with his answers on how to stop the floods of the Missouri...
In the Wake of the Floods
Article about the flood control projects of the Pick-Sloan plan, a federal program set up before the 1951 flood but not built in time to prevent disasters caused along the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in...
Industrial: Kansas City Comes Back
Photos and description of the disastrous flood, cited as the worst in the nation since 1844. Description more specifically of damage to industrial plants.
Kansas City. ..1951
Rehabilitation of utilities after floods in the hard-hit areas of Argentine, Central Industrial area, Armourdale, and Fairfax.
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