The 1974 Grand River Flood
Kueneman, Rodney M.
Hannigan, John A.
Disaster Research Center
On Friday, May 17, 1974, communities along the Grand River in Southwestern Ontario were hit by the worst flash flooding in twenty years. Most seriously affected were sections of the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Brantford. With a scarcely developed disaster subculture, an incomplete flood control system, and a new regional municipal governmental system which was still undergoing assorted growing pains, problems in communication, co-ordination and coping were to be expected. This paper will examine these problems in relation to the political, environmental and organizational conditions within which the flood response was formulated and carried out.
Grand River Flood , warning phase , weather , watershed , response