Vintage Warren: History in Photos

There were “huge amounts” of snow that winter, starting before Thanksgiving. During late February and early March, the temperatures rose and Warren County was experiencing an early spring. The county water streams’ ice was softening and breaking. Snow on the hillsides was melting. The excessive water and ice chunks started to move downstream forming ice dams. The rapid rise of water level on the Allegheny River was due to the successive ice dams: 6 a.m., 8 feet; 7 a.m., 10 feet; and by early evening, nearly 14 feet. The previous high water record of 17 feet, four inches was eclipsed at 4 a.m. March 8 at 18 feet. At 6 a.m., the temperature dropped and it started snowing – a good thing, as this slowed melting. The Army Corp of Engineers in Pittsburgh listed 16 feet as the criteria for a major flood. The Times Square intersection was under three feet of water. Courtesy of the 1956-Remembrances article by Donald Scott in the May 2012 Stepping Stones, a publication by the Warren County Historical Society. For more information, call 723-1795 or visit