|DAILY NEWS-RECORD - 1936
FLOOD AT BERGTON AND COOTES STORE HIGHEST
High Water Marks Since 1877 Exceed
at BergtonIsolation Broken.
Mrs. Cootes Home is Badly Damaged.
New River course Made at BergtonRoad Must be Rebuilt.
"The Great Flood of 1936" broke all known
high water marks at Bergton and Cootes Store and left in its wake between Broadway and
Bergton a trail of washed-away barns, outbuildings, fences, uprooted trees and phone
poles, damaged roads and destroyed bridge abutments, a survey of the Brocks Gap section
revealed yesterday when a Daily News-Record representative, accompanying C. W. Thomas and
Augustus Julias, followed state highway engineers into Bergton yesterday morning in
restoring contact with that section.
At Bergton, the flood waters Tuesday night ran into
the old Wittig home for the first time in known records. Sam Wittig, descendant of the
Brocks Gap pioneers, said the height of the flood went beyond marks of all previous
floods, extending back to 1877.
Cootes Store Hard Hit
At Cootes Store, there is a scene akin to desolation. The water was
two feet higher than any other known stage. The flood at its height stood four feet on the
lower floor of Mrs. E. A. Cootes home. It washed away the barn, the chicken house, a
small cottage occupied by Mrs. Dora Stroop, a garage and a warehouse attached to the late
E. A. Cootes store building. It ran over the counter in Shoemakers store and
filling station, and lapped the floor in Brennemanns Brothers store and
Along the highway from Broadway to Cootes Store, road embankments
were washed away, leaving the road as though it is along a precipice. Huge logs were seen
caught in crotches of trees 20 and 30 feet above the ground. Pieces of buildings were
strewn along the banks of the river. Lumber was scattered about as if a tornado had swept
through that section. Tables washed from houses were seen along the river.