Prologue to the Flood of 1937 a
Story of Bravery
It was in January of 1937 that the rain started. Before the end
of February of that year 18 inches of water would drop from the
heavens and leave people destitute and homeless. Property was
damaged, homes were lost, livestock perished and death claimed
It rained that winter in Western Kentucky and other parts of the
United States. The sky opened wide and began to send an endless
stream of freezing water down on them. As it rained the river
began to change. The people watched in horror as the already
inflated giant began to expand and cover what had once been farm
land. Water snaked its way across what was once dry land and
began to consume everything in its path. Those who lived along
the waterway started a slow evacuation of homes and businesses.
Rose Smith along with countless others refused to leave her home.
This was where she planned to live out the last of her days. Her
parents had migrated here from the east when she was but a child
and built the home with hard work and love. She was not about to
let a little water drive her from her home.
Contained here in this tale of travesty and despair lies the true
resiliency of the human spirit and how sometimes even in the
darkest of times light can still break through.
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