Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Great Houston Flood of 1935

This is the intersection of Louisiana Street and Texas Avenue, looking west. To the left is the old City Auditorium. On the right is the Auditorium Hotel, which is now the Lancaster Hotel.

This picture was taken in December 1935 after rains drenched much of downtown Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.

According to the Harris County Flood Control District, damage from the 1935 flood totaled nearly $3 million ($41,414,787.72 in today's dollars) and killed seven people. Twenty-five blocks of downtown Houston were submerged along with 100 residential blocks.

Floods like this one led to the creation of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs located in far west Houston.

More about the Harris County Flood Control District can be found here.

I have a few more photos from the flood, and I'll post them soon.



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