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Aerial view of downtown Battle Creek during 1947 flood.

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dc.coverage.temporal Battle Creek. Michigan, circa 1947 en_US
dc.identifier.other LPC-033-023-004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.willardlibrary.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/12946
dc.description Postcard showing an aerial view of the Battle Creek industrial neighborhood during the flood of 1947, looking westward along Hamblin Avenue. The flooded Kalamazoo River is at left and Jackson Street is at right. Battle Creek experienced major flooding in the downtown area in 1887, 1896, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1918, and 1947. By the mid-1950's local leaders worked with the federal government to vacate properties in the flood-prone neighborhood southwest of downtown Battle Creek known as "the bottoms." By 1954 a coalition of local industries and foundations and the federal government was formed to clear housing in the Bottoms. Displaced residents were encouraged to move to the Washington Heights neighborhood. Work began with the Army Core of Engineers on the "Cement River Project" to straighten the Kalamazoo River and channel it so that it no longer could flood the downtown area or displace homeowners. Caption on front: Battle Creek Flood, 1947 en_US
dc.format.medium b&w postcard en_US
dc.language.iso En en_US
dc.subject Floods en_US
dc.subject Industries en_US
dc.subject Aerial views en_US
dc.subject Floods, Cyclones en_US
dc.title Aerial view of downtown Battle Creek during 1947 flood. en_US
dc.type Image en_US

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