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1947 - Rose Farrell Taylor in front of Ross Burgess Ice Cream Store after the Flood of 1947
SEP-1947 1947 Rose Farrell Taylor

1947 - Rose Farrell Taylor in front of Ross Burgess' Ice Cream Store after the Flood of 1947

Palm Avenue, Hialeah, Florida


Thank you to Rose Farrell Taylor for contributing this great image. This ice cream store was located on the east side of Palm Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. Rose said that flood waters lasted for days before it finally went down.

Hurricane VI struck South Florida on September 17th after stalling for 24 hours over Abaco in the Bahamas on the 15th. It came ashore at Ft. Lauderdale moving west, bringing winds in excess of 100 mph to the 70 mile stretch from Palm Beach to the northern sections of Miami. The area between Ft. Lauderdale (Boca Raton, Pompano, Deerfield and Delray) and Lake Worth suffered the greatest damage. Hurricane force winds extended from Cape Canaveral to Carysfort Reef Light, a distance of 240 miles. The highest winds by a reliable instrument were at the Coast Guard's Hillsboro Light where sustained winds for a solid minute were 155 mph at 12:56 pm. The lowest pressure reading of 947.2 (27.97 inches) was also recorded at Hillsboro Light. Miami's highest winds were 90mph at 2 pm. The hurricane crossed the state and emerged into the Gulf of Mexico slightly north of Naples at 10 pm. Florida's losses were 11 deaths directly related to the storm and 6 additional deaths due to related accidents and electrocutions and $31 million in lost property, crop damage and livestock losses.

After emerging into the Gulf, the hurricane aimed for the Louisiana/Mississippi border and the 25-mile wide eye passed directly over New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Extensive flooding damage was caused to coastal areas in Louisiana and Mississippi. A break in the New Orleans Industrial Canal levee caused flooding in sections of New Orleans.


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JOHNNY MCKAY 14-Jul-2008 00:05
I LIVED OUT IN THE BOONIES,4237E10ave.ANN&RAY HAZLEWOOD,LANE DICKIE,SONNY WESTBROOK ALL LIVED IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.RAY WAS AT MY HOUSE AT THE START OF THE HURRICANE.WHEN HE WENT TO GO HOME OUT THE BACK DOOR.THE WATER WAS OVER HIS WAIST.I NEVER KICKED A FOOTBALL AS FAR IN MY LIFE AS DURING THAT 1947 STORM
Dan Smith 03-Dec-2007 02:44
The photos of the 1947 flood in Hialeah are something to see. I was 3 at the time. We lived elsewhere in Miami then, but my dad has said for as long as I can recall that he went out to the Hialeah area after that flood and bought the only two lots that weren't under water! We then moved to Hialeah, right across the street from where Hialeah Elementary was built, on 8th Street and 5th Ave. I started school there in 1951, and if I recall the school must have opened the previous year.
gladys Hopkins 22-Jun-2007 01:59
Our family lived on west 30th in west Hialeah. During this flood our family home
had water in the middle of windows. We went to see it in a row boat. I still remember us staying in Opa-Locka in barracks and getting shots because of the
flood. We went to the Hialeah elementary school and then to portables called
Mae Walters Elementary. Of course this was after the flood.
Guest 09-Jun-2007 19:46
Really incredible picture!!
I was discharged from the Army in 1945 and visited my parents where I grew up on N.W. 44th Street and 22nd Avenue and that flood was also there, but not so deep.
As the waters receeded there were all kinds of fish flopping around!!!