Marion progress. volume (Marion, N.C.) 1909-19??, July 19, 1916, Image 1
SPECIAL EDITION MARION PROGRESS. JULY 19. 1010 ASHEVILLE CITIZENS CLAIMED BY FLOOD Five Known Dead and Property Damage Es timated at Ten Million Dollars. Through the courtesy of J. H. Morrison, who walked here from Asheville Tuesday, arriving late Tuesday evening, the editor of The Progress was in possession of a copy of The Asheville Citizen pub lished Monday giving a detailed account of the storm of Saturday and Saturday night in and about Asheville and a summary of The Citizen’s account is as follows: Exacting unknown, with the property loss exceeding three mil lions of dollars, Asheville is abso- . lutely isolated from the outside world and finds herself helpless in the grasp of the most terrific fl'K>d conditions ever known here. The loss in the vicinity of Asheville is ^estimated at $1,000,000. The dead are Capt. J. C. Lipe, Biltmore; Miss Nellie Lipe, Biltmore; Lon nie Trexler, Asheville; Mrs. Leo Mulholland, Biltmore, and Luther Frazier, colored, who wasdrowned while passing provisions through a window at the Glen Rock Hotel. Miss Mabel Foister and Miss Charlotte Walker, Biltmore hos pital nurses, are reported drowned but this is not confirmed. The bodies of Capt. Lipe and dauijhters had not been recovered up to last night. Added to the list of four known dead is an account of an eye wit ness who st'ited that he saw four bodies crushed by the wreckage floating in the stream being swept through the arches of the cement bridge. At a point above Biltmore a house was carried almost whole out in the river with two men clinging to the roof. The Weaver Power plant, sup plying Asheville with lights and power, has been seriously damag ed by the flood. It will be a period of several days before the machin ery can be put in order. The sub station is almost submerged. The unknown dead will long re main a secret of that angry flood swirling a mile wide througl) th# lower portions of the city, and men, women and children were seen on wreckage and buildings down the river by thousands of spectators massed on the West Asheville bridge who were help less to aid. All trains are suspended in all directions and the Southern rail way does not know when traffic will again be resumed. The South ern railway depot is under water almost to the ceiling of the first floor. Guests at the Glen R(xjk hotel have taken refuge in the second story of that building and boats are being used to rescue them. There will be a shortage of ice and all farm products, and the supply of gas is almost exhausted. The gas plant is ruined. The sub station of the Asheville Power and Light company was out of busi ness yesterday and it will be many days before the city again has cur rent for lights or car service. Any number of railroad bridges have been washed away by the flood. Freight cars, oil tanks, scores of dwellings and entire lum ber yards have been swept away. At Biltmore th« number of houses swept away is not known. The waters are now in All Souls’ church on an elevated place. The Biltmore passenger deoot is under water and the S*uthern Rail road leading to Salisbury has prob ably gone by now. The Southern railway is undoubt edly the hardest hit as result of the terrific flood The tunnel at Old Fort is blocked and slides on Saluda mountain are still coming. The Southern Railway has no definite idea as to when traffic will be re sumed. They have bridges down in all directions. The town of Marshall is probably gone. In Henderson county the loss must be enormous, three dams giv en a\^ay there, and narrow escapes from drowning are many. LakeToxaway still holds, accord ing to information last night. Conservative estimates of dam age to roads and bridges is placed at not less than half a million dol lars. Property losses suffered by in dustrial plants in and about Ashe ville is estimated at ten million dollars. Little is left of Azalea and the lumber plants, while property at that place suffered a loss of $120,- 000. Hendersonville Isolated. Hendersonville, July 16.—Hen dersonville is cut off from commu nication with the outside world, with the exception of badly crio- pled wire service, as result of the heavy rain storm yesterday, last night and today. The plant of The Hendersonville Light and Power Co. was put out of commission last night and the city reservoir over flowed with muddy water, render ing its contents unfit for use. Not a train has arrived here since 9 o’clock last night and the railroad is said to have suffered heavily from slides, wash-outs and damaged bridges. M iny persons were driv en from their homes by rising water and the property loss will no doubt be enormous. Saluda—It is quite indefinite as to when the Southern will operate trains oyer its Asheville and Spar tanburg division. Train 42 which left Asheville Friday is tied up at Melrose. It is uncertain when the road will again be open to travel. Murphy Branch Hard Hit. Conditions along the Murphy branch are said to be almost as bad as within the immediate vicinity of Asheville. It is believed that the champion fibre mills are out of commission and that much serious damage has been the result of the m‘>st terrific flood in the history of Western North Carolina. There are no trains being operated on the Murphy division and will be none for several days. Catawba Bridge Washed Away. Charlotte, July 16—What is said to be the worst flood ever known in Catawba and Broad river today had done damage that will run in to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in the territory within a a radius of fifty miles north and west of Charlotte. Ten oo twelve bridge workers under Joe Killiam, division engi- gineer of the Southern, went down with the Southern’s main line brid ge at Belmont, out of Charlotte, late today. Five or six were re ported caught in tops of trees and rescued. Just above the Southern’s bridge the Piedmont and Northern Inter- urban bridge and the Seaboard Air Line bridge were washed away. Farther up the riyer near Moores- ville and Statesville two highway bridges went out, while at Catawba the Southern bridge on the Sali»^ bury-Asheville division was wash ed away. At Munbo, below Ca tawba, the west Munbo Cotton Mill of 5000 spindles is under water and the East Munbo Mill is almost un der water, while a cotton ware house with four hundred bales has been washed away. . Damage to mills is laid to a water spout in Alexander county that caused the earth embankment of the Lookout Shoals power plant of the Soutnern Power 0»mpany to give way today, adding fifteen feet of water to the all ready more than twenty foot tide in the Catawba. That volume of water also caused the last two or three bridges to go. The Dravo Power Company dam on Broad river near Shelby went out late today, menacing the South ern Power Company plant near Blacksburg, S. C.