The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) is pleased to present the documentary film by award-winning filmmaker David Weintraub on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center in Asheville 285 Livingston Street 5:30 p.m. (snow date is Saturday, Feb. 1).

The film, “Come Hell Or High Water, Remembering The Flood Of 1916,”explores the history of not only the tragic flooding in Biltmore & Swannanoa, but Western North Carolina’s worst natural disaster that recently marked its 100th year anniversary. Interviews with survivors and their children bring this film alive with the heartbreak, courage, resilience and benevolence of the mountain people.

1916 was the year that 22 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period in many places in WNC, when the French Broad rose 17 feet above flood stage and the Swannanoa River was a mile wide. It was a year that still evokes powerful memories in many old-timers of family histories. What concerns many today is the reality that WNC is a flood prone area and such a disaster could repeat.

Given that the Great Flood of 1916 led to thousands of mudslides and landslides causing extensive damage at a time when no one lived on the side of mountains, the worry is that should a flood of similar proportions occur today it would likely be more devastating.

Speaker David Weintraub founded the Center for Cultural Preservation, a twenty year old 501©3 non-profit. David is dedicated to preserving mountain heritage & sharing our cultural treasures through oral history projects, documentary films, public programs, books, education and more to become better stewards of our natural inheritance to insure our land is protected for many generations to come.

Suggested donations of $10 help support the Preservation Society mission to preserve our rich architectural history and heritage, that supports and contributes to the local economy and quality of life. Details at PSABC.org.

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