In 1915, a tropical storm dropped nearly 11 inches of rain on St. Louis in just 17 hours, causing a devastating flood. Claiming 11 lives and the homes of 1,025 families, the flood focused public and government attention onto the problems of the river.
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1920-1929 DateCreated: 1924-1921 St. Louis State: MO Zip: 63109 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/River-des-Peres-Sewage---Drainage-Works/ Creator: Horner, W.W.
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Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Pumping Era: 1910-1919 DateCreated: 1914 Sewerage and Water Board New Orleans State: LA Zip: 70165 Country: USA Website: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/pumping/-3-a-b--wood-screw-pump-%281914%29 Creator: Wood, Baldwin
With a water table several feet below ground level, New Orleans faced a crisis after every heavy rainfall, not just through flooding but also through disease (yellow fever and malaria) caused by impure water. New Orleans was dependent on mechanical means for lifting water from its canals and sewage systems. A. Baldwin Wood (1879-1956), a young assistant city engineer, designed and installed a system of large screw pumps (axial flow machines) to syphon water and accelerate drainage. By 1915 the Wood screw pump became the most advanced drainage pump in use.
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