"You member when all dat flood-watter wash dem folks away up yonder?"

In March 1907, the combined effects of snowmelt and heavy rain caused three of Pennsylvania’s major rivers to burst their banks, resulting in record floods in Pittsburgh. The rising waters caused millions of dollars’ worth of destruction and rendered thousands homeless. Despite Louis’ claims, however, there was no major overflow of the Mississippi at this time.

Flooded Fifth & Liberty St. intersection, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1907
Public DomainFlooded Fifth & Liberty St. intersection, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1907 - Credit: R.W. Johnston