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Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:20 pm

Opera, orchestra team up to tell story of 1913 flood

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An opera company and an orchestra are teaming up to tell the story of Ohio's worst weather disaster.

The production to premiere in just more than a year focuses on the 1913 flood and its lasting effects in the state capital.

The Columbus Foundation on Wednesday announced a $150,000 arts innovation grant to help fund the production titled "The Flood."

The work is a collaboration of Opera Columbus and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

The disaster unfolded in March 1913 as several days of rain flooded all of Ohio's rivers and streams. More than 20,000 homes were destroyed and at least 400 people died.

The same weather system led to significant flooding in Fort Wayne and more than a dozen states, from Illinois through Connecticut.