Excerpts from a full-page article in the Fremont Journal, February 9, 1883, provide a closer glimpse of the flood:
"At ten o'clock Saturday evening the streets were generally deserted and people had retired little dreaming of waking to find themselves surrounded by water. Soon after midnight the waters began to rise with terrible rapidity, and ice from miles up the river came rushing down. The banks were overflown, houses flooded, and by half past three Sunday morning the water came upon Front Street… Daylight revealed a horrible state of devastation. The river flowed with a mighty current through Front Street. Houses on the flats were flooded and those near the river half submerged."
"The waters fell very little Sunday and a little more on Monday, rising to nearly the previous height Monday night. Tuesday was colder and freezing and the waters lowered considerably. Tuesday evening it was out of the stores and Wednesday the water was all out of Front street and nearly all in the river channel through town, though the flats are still covered with two to five feet of water and ice. Front Street, as are nearly all the streets that were flooded, is packed with large cakes of ice which will probably remain there a long time. The greatest loss, as we have stated before, is at the homes of the poor and those in moderate circumstances. The Third Ward is in a terrible condition. it is simply indescribable. Huge cakes of ice are packed in and around scores of houses three feet in thickness and the whole is frozen in a solid mass. The condition will be terrible for weeks to come and cannot fail to result in want, sickness and death."
detailed list of estimated losses by businesses is given, including
one who "had a little snuff in his cellar, but his loss
is not over $50."
was widespread beyond the river:
encouraged to help flood victims:
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