The Great Flood of 1913 | Far Hills Speaker Series

  Dates & times
  • Sun, 03/17/2024 - 2:00pm
  Category Local Interest
  Age Groups Adult


Sunday, March 17, 2024 Local History Event

Start time: 2:00 PM – Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Wright Library’s Community Room, or watch online

Community Room seating capacity is 80. Please arrive early to ensure your seat. If you cannot attend in person, please request the virtual link.

Local historian discusses the impact of the 1913 Great Flood

Aerial view photograph of Dayton Ohio neighborhood under water during the Great Flood of 1913

Local historian, Mark Risley, shares insight to Dayton's Great Flood of 1913 and the contributions made by Oakwood residents for rescue and recovery. He will also discuss the impact still felt today, 111 years later.

Dayton's Great Flood was caused by a series of severe winter rainstorms that hit the Midwest in late March, 1913. Within three days, the Miami Valley received almost 12 inches of rain that fell on almost frozen ground. With no place to go, levies failed and the downtown was flooded to a level of almost 20 feet.

About the Presenter


picture of local historian Mark Risley Mark W. Risley is an active member of the Oakwood and larger Dayton community and lectures on a variety of topics including Oakwood's Classic Architecture, The Craftsman Home, The Mound Builders, and Oakwood’s Hidden Parks. He is certified as an Aircraft Dispatcher and retired from ABX Air, Inc. Mark became involved in The Oakwood Historical Society in 2006 and is president emeritus, serving the society as president in 2007, 2011, and 2014-15. He currently serves on the City of Oakwood Budget Review Committee and is an instructor for the University of Dayton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Mark is also a contributing writer to the “Oakwood Register.”


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