Friday, September 9, 2011

A Flood In Visalia? Preposterous!

The Tulare County Library Literacy Center will feature historical events in old town Visalia that occurred during the 1862 flood for the Center’s annual fundraiser September 23.

‘Practically Preposterous’ hour-long walking tours will be held at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm, with Center volunteers playing the roles of survivors of the catastrophe. The flood, the worst in California history, has been called the ‘Noachian Deluge’ because rain fell on the state for nearly forty days. The estimated 50 inches of precipitation turned the Central Valley into an inland sea and reached heights of three to four feet in Visalia. The newspaper of the day, the Visalia Weekly Delta, stated, “Blessed is he who lives in a wooden house, for he has the material for a boat.”

Tickets for the tours are $15 per person and can be purchased at The Literacy Center, 417 N. Locust Street in Visalia. Deadline for ticket purchase is September 16 and no tickets will be sold at the event. For more information, call 713-2745.