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LET US FIGHT THIS SCOURGE OF FLOOD!
The Reservoir System Planned by the United States
Geological Survey Would End the Annual Loss of
Life and Destruction of Property Here Is a
" Good Job for the Panama Canal Builders.
"While Ohio and Indiana fester and rot and bury their dead 'and care
' for their suffering; while pestilence follows flood in these fairest pf. the :
sisterhood ofstates the flood sweeps on. , , .
All the, waste of waters which, cursed the vallies of the Scioto,, the,
Miami, the. White and the Wabashare. gathering in Ohio. There they wUT
swirl into the already swollen river fed by the streams, of Kentucky? :Tenf' y
nessee, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to make a 'moving horror for the '
Mower and middle Mississippi- '
Cairo, Evansville Memphis, the St. Francis basin, the Yazoo delta,
Helena, VIcksburg, Natcnez, Baton Rouge, ' the Teche country a thou
sand villages and 20' counties and parishes, including 'the metropolis- of
the south, New .Orleans are all, in peril. Their' fates will hang in the.
balance until all the waters which have devastated the Ohio valley have
rushed through the Mississippi to the gulf.
. , People of the United States, these streams belong to you! These'
1 homes are American homes! These drowned fields and sodden streets are
in America! - ,' ;
This is not the last of the flood of J.913. Nor is the flood of 1913 "the
last pf floods like this. This will happen again and again as lorigas rain
and snow fall, and water flows. f .
Unless a way is found to stop it, it will get worse ratn'er than better.
As jve bring more arid m'orerland. under cultivation and as we strip- more
and more of the mountains and.hiils of their cover' of (forest trees the water
will run-off faster arid the.floocls get worse as the people crowd, down upon
the rich lands or the. river bottoms -for farms arid' are crowded down upon
the low lands' of cities to work in factories and shop's.' The floods will "
threaten and drown and -make' destitute more" and more, people every year.
The i richest, unoccupied lands in the United -States' are in' the 'path "of
these" floods. - Shall they be peopled with folks who are free from fear arid r
who will buM well arid' permanently or shall' they go to .casual settlers with
nothing to lose ready to move out as the water flows in? '
The future of this country from Pittsburgh to-the gulf is at stake? in
i this niatter of fighting floods.. '
- Can anything be done about it? "
The' Mississippi floods can be fought' successfully by- fighting success
fully the floods of Ohio, -Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and -the hea'd waters
regions pfthe. 6hiovalley. - 1
Floods are caused by water running from the higher lands' to the
lower". They may be prevented by preventing this run-off.' Caught 'In
reservoirs these flood waters would do n(j harm. They would rather "do
good, for they could be used to keep the rivers in flow in time of -drought.
This is a problem of the future for the- United States. It overshadows the-.
Isthmian canal. ' - ..
If from 4 per cent to 6 per cent of the -areas' of Ohio arid Indiana had '