Damage and Debris After the Flood
This image documents the immensity of debris left by the Great Flood of 1951. The vantage point appears to come from a western area looking eastward toward the West Bottoms as the original John Deere building located at 13th and Hickory Street can vaguely be seen in the distance. Taking up roughly three-quarters of the image foreground is a mess of barrels, wood, and sections of fencing and roofing. Aside from the bridge and the river itself, there appears to be no end to the expanse to the mass of debris in the photograph. This photograph was originally black and white and color touched afterward with red, green, and blue to give some depth to the debris in the foreground. The Great Flood of 1951 is also referred to as the "1 Billion Dollar Flood" for its total amount in damages.