**Article originally published in the May 2014 edition of Outlook newsletter.

Prompted by our silent Pathe newsreel about the Belleville flood in March 1922, I turned to another important research source in our Archives to learn more about this flood—the microfilm reels of the Daily Intelligencer. The flood was front page news for over a week. I also used photos from the Young family photo album in our photograph collection as well as the still frames from the Pathe newsreel. 

The footbridge swayed to and fro on its cable supports.  HC07082D 

The day-to-day reports in the Intelligencer gave me exciting commentary. Readers learned that “the trouble started on March following a downpour of rain.” The situation worsened: “An ice jam formed from Lazier’s Dam to the footbridge. The shove of ice caused the destruction of Lott’s Dam located off Station Street.” Then “the field of ice was held intact for four days” until “on March 12, Sunday morning, with irresistible force it swept on. The suspension footbridge came in for hard knocks and had it been a rigid structure, it would have been carried away.” Finally, on March 15, the Intelligencer was happy to report: “The ice floes in the Moira are behaving very well today and a portion of the jam has made its way out to the bay.” Another Belleville flood was over.