Floyd River Flood 1953

Floyd Flood 1953 at Leeds Hardware

Floyd Flood 1953 at Leeds Hardware

Water from the Floyd River fills Floyd Boulevard in Leeds on June 9, 1953. Various flood-control measures are in place, but federal officials may require landowners to purchase flood insurance. 

Floyd Flood 1953 downtown

Floyd Flood 1953 downtown

Shoppers wade through the Floyd River waters that reached downtown on June 8, 1953. The pedestrians are walking outside the T.S. Martin Department Store in this view looking east from Fourth and Nebraska streets.

Floyd Flood 1953 at Wincharger Corp.

Floyd Flood 1953 at Wincharger Corp.

A cleaning crew enters the Wincharger Corp. plant at Seventh and Division streets after the June 8, 1953, Floyd River flood, which inundated many industries in the Floyd Valley. Floodwaters stretched from Leeds south to the Missouri River, east to downtown and west to Greenville.

Floyd Flood 1953 in Leeds

Floyd Flood 1953 in Leeds

An aerial photograph of the flooding Floyd River in the Leeds neighborhood after the June 8, 1953, flood. The photograph is looking southeast from the north end of Leeds.

Soos baseball park 1953

Soos baseball park 1953

The Soos baseball park is shown underwater in the 1953 Floyd river floods.

Stockyards flood 1953

Stockyards flood 1953

Cattle battle the rising water in the Stockyards area in the 1953 Floyd river floods.

Stockyards aerial view flood 1953

Stockyards aerial view flood 1953

Aerial views of Sioux City show flood water covered much of the yards area in 1953.

Stockyards flood 1953

Stockyards flood 1953

Stockyards workers try to get cattle out of the flooded pens in the 1953 Floyd river flood.

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  • Susan Willer

    I love learning local history and enjoy sharing what I discover. I am a volunteer and board member of the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars, Iowa. Every month I publish a newsletter for my hometown of Brunsville, Iowa, called "The Brunsville Blitz." It’s no surprise that my favorite part is covering the town’s history and publishing old photos. Writing a blog on local history for the Sioux City Journal is my way of contributing to the success of their innovative site.

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