Floodwaters and Flames

The 1913 Disaster in Dayton, Ohio

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

March 25, 1913, began as a typical day in Dayton, Ohio. Downtown bustled with streetcars, carriages, and automobiles. By 8:10 a rush of water from the Great Miami River flooded the city. Desperate people climbed trees and telephone poles to escape the torrent. For days, people were stranded, cut off from the outside world.

Experience the Great Dayton Flood through the eyes of those who lived it. Today the storm that caused the flood and devastated Dayton and communities across the country is largely forgotten. But the residents of Dayton resolved never to suffer such a disaster again. Their heroic response became a model for how we prepare for and recover from natural disasters.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.4
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF051160, JNF025210, JNF024080
Dewey 977.1/73
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 920
ATOS Reading Level 6.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180437
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Maps, Photo captions, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Timeline


  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2017


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Huey’s approach is nicely attuned to a middle-grades readership, with just enough featured participants to represent a range of experiences.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“Well researched, the book includes some quotes, but relies mainly on the clear, direct reporting of this inherently dramatic tale. This cleanly-designed book tells a little-known disaster story in quite the memorable fashion.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]he modern general public knows little of Dayton’s trial by flood and fire​. . . . [An] exciting account of the little-known disaster that helped spawn the Federal Emergency Management Agency . . . [and] a good addition to historical collections anywhere.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Lois Miner Huey

Lois Miner Huey is an archaeologist for the state of New York. She has written nonfiction articles and books for kids, many of which focus on archaeology. She lives near Albany, New York.