Al Roker Writes About The Deadliest Flood In American History

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Al Roker Writes About The Deadliest Flood In American History

The Johnstown Flood is one of history’s great tragedies. More than 2,200 people died in May of 1889 when 20 tons of turgid waters, teeming with debris of houses, trees and drowned animals, unleashed a biblical flood in the middle of Pennsylvania. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: We incorrectly stated 20 tons of flood water. The correct amount is 20 million tons.]

Al Roker, the man who tells millions of Americans what their weather will be on NBC’s “Today” show, has written a book about what is still the deadliest flood in American history – his book, “Ruthless Tide: The Tragic Epic Of The Johnstown Flood.” Al Roker joins us in our studios here in New York. Al, good to be back with you…


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