Profile America Saturday, May 31st. Today marks the anniversary of the

one of the worst disasters to hit the U.S. — the Johnstown Flood of 1889,

in Pennsylvania. Heavy rains burst a nearby dam forming a lake for a

fishing and hunting retreat. When the dam broke, it unleashed 20 million

tons of water in a giant wave that roared through Johnstown, killing more

than 2,300 men, women and children, and destroying the homes of thousands

more. The flood remains one of the nation’s most costly, single

weather-related disasters. In the first seven years of this decade, floods

across the U.S. killed some 278 people. Property damage is estimated at

over $123 billion mostly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. You can find

these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at

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