Friday, February 26, 2016

Channel Cat Tales: The Flood of 1828

Channel Cat Tales:  Water and How It Shaped our Lives

From the Vincennes Western Star published in January 25, 1868 comes a article that had been published forty years earlier 1828 describing a flood in the surrounding area.

. . . In 1828 the Wabash rose to an unusual height, and Cathlinette Prairie was overflown to a considerable depth. The rise was somewhat sudden, and the inhabitants of the low grounds below town were compelled to move into town. All the water crafts that could be obtained were brought into requisition, to move the people to the high lands. Keel-boats, flat-boats, piroques, skiffs, and canoes were manned, and after the people were brought to safe quarters, the boats continued to ply back and forth bringing horses, cattle, sheep and hogs out of the sea of waters. It was late in the season, the weather getting cold, and there was much suffering and loss of property. The river was high in the evening, and, during the night, took another upward movement, and some who endeavored to get breakfast on the following morning, failed because of the water putting out their fires before they could accomplish it. When the canoes and skiffs were no longer needed for the rescuing of property from the flood, they were manned by the boys, and used in picking up rabbits and other game from the floating chunks and logs on the opposite side of the river; rare sport for the juveniles. . .