Ever wonder what it was like before conservation authorities? This article about the ‘great spring flood’ of 1937 provides an interesting peek at early days in Ontario flood management.
Monday, April 26, 1937: A day in the City of Stratford, surrounding Perth County, and much of Southwestern Ontario that proved to be anything but routine. Actually, it was disastrous!
Devastating floods occurred throughout the Thames River watershed, far worse than any that had previously been recorded. The floods were the result of nearly 150 millimetres (six inches) of rain falling on Southwestern Ontario in five days, combined with spring runoff from the melting snows. The flood claiming five lives and caused an estimated $3 million in damages in the Thames River watershed, the majority of that in London. As the headwaters of the Thames River are largely in Perth County, it’s no doubt the raging, swirling waters heavily damaged roads and bridges throughout the county.