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What some say a flood 100 years ago can teach modern-day San Antonio

The 1921 flood initially sparked uneven prevention measures across the city. Empowered residents organized for change, demanding improvements in their neighborhoods.

Erica Zucco (KENS 5)

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Published: 9/16/2021 4:30:22 AM
Updated: 8:02 PM CDT September 21, 2021

This year marks 100 years since the flood of 1921 devastated San Antonio neighborhoods, took dozens of lives, and set the course for flood control planning and much of the design that currently outlines the city. 

"It is, to my mind at least, the single most important event that happened in the city," said Char Miller, author of West Side Rising, a new book on the event.

KENS 5 spoke with Miller, community members and local leaders about the lessons of the past, the improvements that came after, the work still left to do, and how citizens can get involved in pushing for more protection and more solid infrastructure.  

(Read an interview about the research process for this book in Chapter Four, Below.)