1947 : Flint Experiences Second Worst Natural Disaster

April 5, 2023 all-day

The flood of 1947 ranks No. 2 for the worst natural disasters in Flint history, topped only by the deadly Beecher tornado in 1953.

Today, Riverbank Park looks the way it does because of the 1947 flood. Soon after, the Holloway Reservoir was built and the river was later channelized by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent future disasters.

For the full article, see Kristin Longley, “Flint residents reflect 65 years after disastrous flood of 1947 wrecked downtown”, MLive, April 5, 2012.

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