"The Story of the Flood"

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In February of 1957 heavy rains caused disastrous floods in southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern West Virginia. A dozen people died in the region, and thousands lost their homes. President Dwight Eisenhower declared 28 Appalachian counties disaster areas, and the National Guard was called in to help.

Carter Stanley of the famed bluegrass duo, the Stanley Brothers, wrote "The Story of the Flood" not to long after the event. The Stanley's home county, Dickenson, was one of the areas devastated by flooding. From the opening line, the song reflects traditional formulas for ballad narratives.


The Flood main page | song & audio

Deathly Lyrics:
Songs of Virginia Tragedies


Audio Credits


Breeding Mill

Caty Sage


Dewey Lee


Freeda Bolt

Great Kanawha

Kent Steffie

Mollie Tynes

Old 97

Poor Goins

Roanoke Riot

Rye Cove

Talt Hall

Vance Song

Wreck of the 1256