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78th anniversary of the Johnstown St. Patrick's Day Flood
By: WJAC Web Staff
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- It has been 78 years since the second of what would be three devastating floods tore through the Conemaugh Valley in Cambria County.
The St. Patrick's Day flood of 1936 struck Johnstown as soaking rains coupled with a heavy snow pack on the ground caused streams and rivers to overflow their banks.
Twelve people died in the flood, but it led to the United States Army Corps of Engineers constructing protective river walls through Johnstown.