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GREAT BELLEVILLE FLOODS

PLAQUE TEXT

Until modern ice-control measures were instituted, spring flooding of the Moira River was a regular occurrence. Contributing factors were deep snow, sudden thaws and heavy rains, ice jams and the frozen bay. The first flood on record was noted by surveyors in 1816. Author Susanna Moodie recorded her impressions of floods in 1844 and in 1852 in Life in the Clearings. Major floods affected businesses and factories and destroyed bridges and homes. In March 1936, seventy-five city acres were flooded, in places up to seven feet deep. Losses of $250,000 were reported.

GPS Location: 44° 09'51.62" N 77° 23'0396" W 224 Front Street Belleville

This plaque is attached to the front of the building at 224 Front Street Belleville. The location approximates the high water mark in the flood of 1936.


GREAT BELLEVILLE FLOODS
Information Last Updated: Friday June 19, 2020