Damage caused by 1937 flood in the Ohio Valley area of the United States. A heavy loss of property due to a flood. Supplies being unloaded from trucks for the people. People being rescued from the areas affected by flood. Men aboard boats moving through buildings on the edge of the Ohio River that are submerged in water. Men moving a wooden casket. Destroyed houses and buildings in the areas. Flooded streets. A weather vane blowing briskly in wind. Narrator details how the weather bureau forecasts the weather and offers the information to help prevent losses from such disasters. Automatic typing machine records weather instrument readings. View of newspapers being printed at a printing press. A radio tower. People gather near injured flood victims. People lined up on the street to get supplies. Scenes of floodwaters below Memphis where flooding was effectively contained. Water rushing under the then new Bonnet Carre spillway of Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans. Man opens a book published in Lisbon in 1605, now in the Library of Congress, written by Gabriel Lobo Lasso de la Vega, reporting on the exploration team of De Soto on leaf 300 of the book. De Soto's group, in 1543, reported on the flood they saw below current day Memphis, extending over 20 leagues of land, covering the tops of trees, but not overrunning the homes of the Native Americans who build shelter atop high poles. A view of submerged homes in the 1937 flood are shown as the narrator laments that more modern people did worse than the Native Americans.
Damage caused due to flood in Ohio Valley , United States. Newspaper headlines read: '80000 desert homes as Midwest streams rage to higher levels'. People engaged in the rescue and relief work. Men aboard small boats as they carry on rescue work in the steets of downtown Louisville Kentucky. Buildings along the flooded area. Flooded buildings in Evansville Indiana and Paducah Kentucky. Flooded farms and fields washed away. Marooned livestock atop a levy. A dog atop a car. A cat perched in a 2nd story window just atop flood waters. Aerial views of the flooded Ohio Valley heading toward the Mississippi River. View of the blasting of the so called "fuse plug" in the levy below Cairo Illinois (on the Missouri Side at the junction of the Ohio River and Mississippi River) to prevent the flood waters from destroying Cairo. An army of workmen building extensions on top of the levees near Cairo Illinois to protect it from the flood. Water lapping at the wall built by the workers.
View of the U.S. National Archives Building, March 1936. in Washington, DC. Fortunately the city escaped damage from the great Potomac River flood. Next scenes cover damage caused due to a flood in Ohio, United States in January 1937. View of a weather vane in stiff winds. The level of the Ohio river rises. The flooded tributaries of the river. A map locates the flood affected areas. It depicts the high and low pressure areas. Map depicts heavy rains continuing for 20 days from January 6 to January 26, totaling 16 to 20 inches in the affected area.
The Ohio River Valley in the United States soon after the flood there in January 1937. House along the bank of the river. A flood damaged home. Ships underway at the river. Smoke rises from the twin smoke stacks of a steam powered ferry boat in the Ohio River.
A graph shows an ever increasing speed of aircraft year after year. In 1937 speed was 250 Knots and it rises to 600 Knots in 1948. United States F-84 undergoes some tests in a wind tunnel at Wright air Development Center in Ohio, United States. Main control panel inside the wind tunnel. A man wearing headset works on throttles. An engineer checks the main test panel. Engine fire test conducted as flames start to pour through ports.
'Retrospect' about the events that led to the present pattern of life in the United States. Host Douglas Edwards, an American television anchor speaks about the past events in America. Crowd of unemployed men gathering in bread lines after the 1929 crash and subsequent Great Depression. A man near a box of apples. The U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses a gathering. The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter who abducted the child during the trial. The congressmen at the formation of the Lindbergh Law. Newspapers describe the apprehension or death of notorious gangster criminals, such as Dutch Schultz and Baby Face Nelson. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. a American politician addresses people. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeals to the League of Nations, after his country is attacked by Italy under Mussolini. Adolf Hitler stands. Troops of the German army parade. Scenes from the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1937 as Spanish national forces battle against fascist rebel forces. Spanish Troops fire 75mm field artillery pieces. Bombs being dropped on the buildings. Spanish soldiers marching during the civil war. The Hindenburg disaster takes place on May 6th 1937: The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg catches fire over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey. Amelia Earhart the first woman aviator to fly solo holds flowers and is surrounded by people. She went missing in 1937. Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers, alone and with U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner and with aviator Wiley Post (who had patch over one eye). King Edward VIII of Great Britain, abdicating the throne for "the woman I love." People at the German-American Bund Nazi sympathizing gathering including the subduing of objectors on stage, in Madison Square Garden, New York. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, returning from meeting with Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1938. View of Adolf Hitler. German tanks on parade in World War II. an array of artillery guns on display. Railway guns being fired in WW2.