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The Great Flood of 1913

Scene from Brookville, IN after Great Flood of 1913

Did you know that Union County sits on high ground? 984 feet above sea level doesn’t rival Mt. McKinley, but it was enough to save the area that decimated the surrounding counties.

This month is the 100 anniversary of the Great Flood of 1913.  Ground still frozen from the winter and late spring storms lead to overflowing tributaries and massive devastation.  According to the Indiana Geological Survey, nearly every town in Indiana located along a major drainage experienced flooding, including Indianapolis, Peru, Terre Haute, Muncie, Carmel, Danville, and Shelbyville. Hamilton Ohio, Brookville, Cedar Grove and New Trenton were almost wiped off the map.  The Miami Valley Conservatory reports that the amount of water that passed through the river channel in Dayton equaled the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in a four-day period.   The widespread flooding caused an estimated $25 million of damage statewide (in 1913 currency) (Germano, 2008).

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Books to Movies!

Here at the library we get really excited when good books are turned into movies! Recently, Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures premiered last week. If you haven't read them come to the library to check them out! Check our catalog…

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Interview with hometown author, Samantha Kitchel

Author Samantha Kitchel

Author Samantha Kitchel

Today we have an interview with hometown author, Samantha Kitchel.  

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am the daughter of Jamie and Barry Harvey and Damian and Dana Risch. I graduated from Union County High School in 2006 and I currently live in Rockford, IL. I am married to Josiah Kitchel and I have a son, Devereaux.

How long have you been writing?

I never considered myself a writer until recently, but looking back I have always been a writer. Growing up I was constantly writing stories about rainbows and horses in my spare time and for school. I enjoyed using my imagination to create stories and different worlds.

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