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The City of Johnstown as seen from the top of the Inclined Plane at 8am on March 18, 1936.
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The City of Johnstown as seen from the top of the Inclined Plane, flood waters.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

On March 16, 1936, rain poured from the skies over Pennsylvania and filled rivers already swollen by the spring snowmelt. At 2:00 p.m. the next day, the Stonycreek overflowed its banks and water once again flooded the streets of Johnstown. When the waters receded the next day, twelve people were dead, 9,000 homeless, 60,000 in need of food, and Johnstown was covered in muck and debris. The flood also caused $50 million of property damage.

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