The Sanderson Flood of 1965: Crisis in a Rural Texas Community

by Scogin, Russell Ashton


On June 11, 1965 at 7:00 a.m. a wall of water rushed through the town of Sanderson, killing twenty-six people and leaving hundreds homeless. Intense storms and heavy rains from the previous day and night led to massive flash flooding and dam failures upstream. The unsuspecting citizens woke to an unfolding disaster of huge proportions that fateful Friday morning. This is their story.

Sul Ross State University, 1995
109 pages
Available in Trade Paper


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