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Johnstown Flood DVD
 
      Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, Johnstown Flood tells the true story of one of the worst disasters in American history.

     On a stormy day in May of 1889, the South Fork Dam explodes. An entire lake is unleashed as a roaring 45-foot wall of water into the heavily populated valley below. The disaster claimed the lives of more than 2,200 people as the rushing tidal wave and debris tore through the town of Johnstown, crashed into the indestructible stone railroad bridge and flooded the valley. Fires erupted, countless buildings were destroyed and pandemonium and looting ensued. Out of a great tragedy came stories of heroism and a triumphant recovery spearheaded by Clara Barton and the American Red Cross. Johnstown Flood was written from first-hand accounts of those who survived the tragic event.

     Prior to the flood disaster, people bustle about this booming and prosperous industrial city of Johnstown. That Friday, freak cloudbursts swell streams and creeks, and the water at the dam begins to rise. Early warning signals and concerns over the safety of the dam are quickly dismissed. Preceding the flood, the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, which owns the dam, carelessly screens the safety spillway to prevent fish from washing over the dam. As the rain continues, the spillway quickly clogs with debris and allows the water to rise even faster.

This fast-paced documentary, Johnstown Flood, reveals both the bright and dark sides of humanity with a mixture of intense live action, personal stories and period photographs and engravings.