'500 Shacks in Hooverville Inundated by High Water. Riverfront Dwellers Given Temporary Quarters by City Relief Administration'

Rising water in the Mississippi, resulting from recent rains over a large area have inundated a number of low places in and near St. Louis, including most of Hooverville, the squatter colony on the levee south of Municipal Bridge. The St. Louis Relief Administration has provided trucks to take the effects of dwellers there to rooming houses where temporary quarters will be given them.

Population of the colony probably exceeds 1000. It was estimated that 500 shacks were partly submerged and a dozen or more entirely. Few were not affected. The railroads were moving freight cars from nearby tracks in fear of a further rise. Much refuse and a number of dead chickens and dogs were floating in the swollen stream.

Stage of the river here at 7 a.m. yesterday was 27.3 feet, or 2.7 feet below official flood level. The Weather Bureau predicted a stage of 28.8 feet by tomorrow, with the likelihood of a higher mark if more rain fell. A crest between 23 and 24 feet at Alton, where flood stage is 21 feet, was expected today. The high water has slowed the progress of Federal Barge Line boats bound upstream.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch June 2, 1935