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Old Sacramento: Floods and the Spreading of Disease
In the 1840’s and 50’s, Old Sacramento was extremely prone to floods and disease, such as cholera. In 1850, there was a cholera outbreak that wiped out almost the entire population of Sacramento! Surprisingly, many of the doctors did not flee. All of them stayed behind and some of them died.
In the 1850’s, there were many horrible floods that created the need to raise the city. When the workers were done, most of the city had been raised a total of twelve feet. Then came the great flood of 1862. In one hospital, some of the patients were unable to be saved, because the city had not yet been raised, and their beds could not be moved to a higher story. During the same flood, the governor had to take a boat into his mansion to the second story because the first was under water. In the end, a few levees were constructed to protect the city from floods, and were successful for a little while, but had to be built higher in order to protect the city from natural disaster.
The raising the city and the levees did prove to protect the city, but had they not, what would have happened? One thing that could have occurred was that the flood would have the entire city under water, and almost the whole population would perish. Although this was possible at the time, but did not happen due to experience and the brains of people.
Article posted June 1, 2012 at 09:28 AM •
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