Friday, September 30, 2016

Commissioner Marooned during 1950 Flood

Have you seen our River gauges on the flood wall at the History Center?  

Vincennes Sun Commercial  January 9, 1950 Levee Breaks            

The Weather Bureau Monday predicted another inch of rain tonight and tomorrow but it's mostly a question of what the levees do now some people said. The expected rain might increase some crests slightly but probably would not result in any drastic rising in water levels. Thawing temperatures were expected to bring some runoff water too, but the Weather Bureau said accumulated snow was heaviest near the headwaters of the Wabash.

The Wabash River is expected to crest at Vincennes Thursday at a stage of not more than 28 feet. The Illinois levees along the Wabash in Lawrence County, constantly patrolled by Illinois National Guardsman, continued intact, and the report was given that the Levee was expected to hold to a 28 foot stage. A break in the levee across the River from Vincennes would not bring any great amount of easing of the pressure on the Vincennes Sea wall, as most of the low land in southwestern Lawrence County is now in the process of being inundated from the breaks in the Embarras River North of Lawrenceville last Saturday and the water going through a low section of hills north of the Routein levee South of Lawrenceville.

Commissioner Marooned,

Harry Warner, Commissioner of the Russell – Allison levee system in Lawrence County, was marooned in his home 3 miles Northwest of Vincennes Monday by backwater from the breaks in the Embarras River levees.

Reached by telephone Mr. Warner said he had been receiving reports by telephone indicating that the entire stretch of Levee appeared in good condition and would stand a 28 foot stage of the River.
South of Vincennes the Brevoort levee along the Wabash and White rivers is causing no concern however the levee is being patrolled to detect any weak spots that might develop.


The Embarras River at Lawrenceville was reported to have dropped about 2 feet Sunday but Commissioner Warner said the River would probably begin rising again after the water spreads all over South Eastern Lawrence County and gets up to a level with the River. He said approximately 40,000 acres of land would be affected by the inundation.

We are now selling a new CD of all the photos like these we have of Lawrenceville High School over the years.  It is only $10 and the proceeds will be used to purchase archival boxes to store photographs and other artifacts that we have collected.  

If you are coming into town for the homecoming festivities don't forget to visit the History Center, and the Smithsonian Traveling exhibit as well as sign up for the bus tour.