ST. PATRICK'S DAY MARCH 17, 1936


THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT

THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT

THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT

A city digs out

Many of Johnstown's residents can vividly remember digging out after the killer flood of 1977. For many of them, it was a repeat performance, a lesson they had learned in 1936. But for folks in the '30s there wasn't an abundance of heavy equipment for digging and plowing, like there was in '77. Much of the task in '36 fell onto Works Progress Administration crews, with 4,000 workers summoned from the four-county area. Armed with shovels and trucks, they set about the task of clearing Johnstown of mud and debris. Started on March 19, two days after the flood, the program continued into late April. Scenes are (clockwise from top left) 500 block of Main Street, Market Street looking toward Washington Street, Main Street, Central Park and Franklin Street bridge.

PHOTO BY HORNICK AND LANGER

PHOTO BY HORNICK AND LANGER

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