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The 1967 Fairbanks' Flood

By John Calhoun


June 22, 2016
Wednesday PM

I was living in the Northward building at the time of the 1967 Fairbanks' flood. We were able to get power from a building across the street by a long cord hooked up to an electrical panel to provide emergency lighting in the halls and stairwells.

We helped the building super. Tommy Thomas, get buckets of flood water to flush toilets in the upper floors. Many other things happened...

John Calhoun
Bettendorf, Iowa

Received June 20, 2016 - Published June 22, 2016

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