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1915 STORM

The 1915 Storm gave the Seawall its first real test. This was a severe hurricane, with top sustained winds of 93 miles per hour and wind gusts that reached 120 miles per hour. The hurricane inundated Galveston with waters that reached a depth of 6 to 9 feet. The storm surge reached a maximum depth exceeding 16 feet. Galveston lost electrical power, and its fresh water supply was disrupted. The hurricane caused 12 deaths and an estimated $5-8 million in property damage in the city.

There are two documents available on this site: The Record of High Water BMs. on Galveston Island 85-0020 (from the U.S. Weather Bureau) and the Report of the Local Forecaster, W. P. Stewach 85-0020.

Images can be accessed through a subject index. Main headings are listed below

Harbor Views
Seawall
Miscellaneous

Galveston and Texas History Center I Rosenberg Library

Funding for the 1900 Storm Photo Exhibit was provided by a TexTreasures grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission


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