In 1913, Columbus’ west side was bustling with new railroads and industrial developments, police rode horse drawn buggies and residents read the Columbus Evening Dispatch. However on March 24, more than 5 inches of rain fell in Central Ohio and the great rivers of the state, including the Scioto River rose rapidly. By dawn on March 25 many people began fleeing their homes in knee-high water and by mid-morning a large portion of the State Levee had collapsed. Within hours the entire Franklinton neighborhood was under several feet of water in some places it was estimated to be 17 feet high. Residents went to their attics or roofs but in some cases whole house were lifted off of their foundations. Temperatures dropped and night came, many individuals were too exhausted to hang on to drifting items or tree branches. Over the next five days police, firemen, volunteers and the National Guard worked to save individuals in what was called the worst catastrophe in the history of Columbus and the largest national disaster in Ohio’s history. In total, 467 people died and more than 40,000 homes were ruined throughout Ohio. An estimated 97 people died in Columbus due to the flooding.
The Flood is co-commissioned by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra to tell the story of the Great Flood of 1913 and how it devastated the community of Franklinton but through devastation and human connection we can rise.
Today Franklinton is seeing another revival, not post-flood fortunately, but in ways of community and economic growth. Netcare has been a part of the Franklinton area since 1972 and we are proud to offer our services to all residents and visitors of Franklin County in substance abuse and mental health crisis. We’ve been here for the revivals, the re-buildings and the rising of the community and we’ll continue to be here for decades to come.