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Picturing The Past The Toxaway Inn – Part Two: The Aftermath


Last updated 11/10/2021 at 12:51pm

The Lake Toxaway dam after breaking. Note the figures on top for scale.

In July 1916 what is locally known as the Great Asheville Flood occurred. Back-to-back hurricanes kept the area under a steady stream of rain for 10 days. The French Broad River crested at 17 feet above flood stage. The flood subsided, but then heavy rains continued and taxed the already weakened dam of Lake Toxaway into early-to-mid-August. On Aug. 13, 1916, the Toxaway dam burst releasing the 540-acre lake. A total of 5,376,548,571 gallons of water flooded through the gorge into miles of South Carolina lowlands below. Farms, forests and residences were all decimated by the aftermath. Liti...

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