Throwback Thursday: The Zumbro’s Greatest Flood of 1908

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As a river town, Rochester has seen its share of floods. One of the more devastating occurred on June 23, 1908.

Four and a half inches of rain fell during the early morning, an amount the ground could not sustain.

The Zumbro River rose four feet in 20 minutes and was soon running down all the main streets like “a raging torrent”, according to the Rochester Daily Bulletin. Extensive damage was done to Mayo Park.

While no loss of life was reported, the railway stockyards were submerged, leading to the death of hundreds of hogs. When it was all over, “The Zumbro’s Greatest Flood”, as the Daily Bulletin called it, left the city with dozens of damaged or ruined properties, like that shown here.

old picture of flooded home
Jacob Murphey

Jacob Murphey

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