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are maryland and ohio state. they are the 2 best scoring teams. scoring from all 5 positions. the freshman for maryland will continue to get better for brenda frese. it will be fun to watch ohio state and maryland. both have to be careful of not stubbing their toe in a game they should not lose. they both have done that in the past. >> dave: mitchell too strong from 3. off the defensive glass for indiana. got the feeling coming in to play today speaking to kelsey mitchell if ohio state followed their game plan, it would be a buckeyes win. she was confident in the match up. cahill nice battle. waterman. contact and no whistle. doss pulls up and hits.
the second field goal for asia doss. buckeyes over their full game average and climbing with 2 to go in the 40 quartering. this is a really good team. cahill new career best. 27 for amanda cahill today. >> debbie: tough to guard for most teams. then you have that. >> dave: kelsey mitchell. to make it 90-73. a minute and 54 to go. a 2 pointer there.
mitchell at 31 points. 2 of 6 from beyond the arc. >> [crowd noise] >> dave: kelsey mitchell's sister chelsea mitchell in the game. jensen caretti in the game for the first time for the buckeyes. ac late. ohio state will head back to columbus and watch the football game tonight. interested in columbus for the national semi final. what do you think? college basketball coming your way. cbs hooping it up. a&m and south carolina. the badgers and the boilermakers on the road to the final 4 cbs sports. check your local listings.
>> debbie: so many weapons for the buckeyes when they play like. this really tough. >> [crowd noise] >> dave: mcbride. a tough day for her. bumped by alexa hart. mcbride 1 of 13 from the field. 1 of 12 from 3 point range. not one to remember. a tough loss. deb, to absorb. but indiana still poised to have a great season and may go back to the ncaa tournament. >> debbie: i don't think indiana has a bad loss right now. western kentucky good win. conference usa. middle tennessee. at auburn they lost.
gave up a 15 point lead. i think auburn is an ncaa tournament team and they lost on the road at nc state. nc state just upset notre dame. that validated that loss. i think nc state is really good and not just because that's my alma-mater. they have 4 seniors that can play. >> dave: that was a big win for the wolfpack. a big win for ohio state on the road. we could focus on bigger issues, like our passive aggressive environment. we're not passive aggressive. hey, hey, hey, there are no bad suggestions here... no matter how lame they are. well said, ann. i've always admired how you just say what's in your head, without thinking. very brave. good point ted. you're living proof that looks aren't everything. thank you. welcome. so, fedex helped simplify our e-commerce business and this is not a passive aggressive environment. i just wanted to say, you guys are doing a great job. what's that supposed to mean? fedex. helping small business simplify e-commerce.
>> dave: the longest active big 10 winning streak at 7. for indiana about to come to an end. the 20 win home winning streak dating back to last year will be part of the history books for iu women's basketball. drop to 11 and 4 and 1 and 1 in big 10 play. teri moren has the pieces for another big run in march madness after rinning a game in the ncaa tournament -- winning a game in the ncaa tournament last year. lost to notre dame in the second round. cahill. >> debbie: the best look she's had all game. the baseline drive. that's one of my favorite plays to draw on the telestraight actually. >> dave: next time. >> debbie: it has to go in, to be able to draw it. >> dave: that's right. [laughing]
anderson. hands to buss for 2. >> debbie: i think there was a point where tyra buss quit looking for her own offense. she has to be more of a scoring threat next time. >> dave: a beautiful pass by tyra buss. >> debbie: i think she is limping on that ankle. >> [crowd noise] >> dave: chelsea mitchell. misfires the long 3. final 10 seconds from bloomington. buss gets double figures for a 52nd straight time. misfiring this time. final moments. that is that. if loom bloomington, indiana. ohio state a 10 point road win against indiana.
more coming up from bloomington right after this on cbs. my dream is to help kids living on the streets with education. charles what's up man? -whoa! how can we help? -ah man! wait, is that a basketball player? yes! -wow! my heart's about to jump out my chest man. charles you ought to be proud man. i'm just extremely grateful they were here giving them some encouragement- that's something that these kids are going to remember for a lifetime. did you see his big old feet? look.
>> dave: impressive road win for ohio state. they take down indiana in the big 10. 92-82 today. season best 31 points for kelsey mitchell. the nation's 6th leading scorer. for debbie antonelli and the crew, dave o'brien saying so long from bloomington, indiana. number 14 ohio state 92 and indiana 82. tonight on cbs begins with. this has been a presentation of cbs sports. the
region. forty two people died. thousands lost their homes and damage estimates neared half a billion dollars. "houses were shredded like paper. cars were scattered everywhere." "one woman got killed. the one right next door. the other one, i don't know what happened." "at least 10 lives were lost in morningside village alone. among them, an eight month old baby ripped from his father's arm by the force of the storm." "it came fast and furiously and without much warning." in the hours before the tornadoes struck, forecasters signaled alarms that treacherous weather was moving in. "almost an hour before sunday nights tornadoes, broadcasts carried warnings issued by florida emergency services." "this storm system is headed in your direction." "the weather bureau was out front with the warning. so why were so many caught unaware and unprepared?" the timing and rarity of that weather in florida created the perfect storm.
the first tornado touched down at roughly10:30 p.m. on sunday, february 22. "well, i wasn't paying attention to the t-v." "and we were taking pictures across the field of the lightning coming down." "well, this is my bedroom here in the corner." "like most people, terry baird was sleeping when the rumble of a tornado awakened her at three in the morning. it took everyone by surprise." "the national weather service issued all necessary watches and warnings in a timely manner. that information was out and was available to the citizens." "people need to take responsibility for preparing themselves and their families." in the aftermath, effrots were made to increase awareness in the sunshine state about the risk posed by tornadoes. "up against the wall right in front there, please. duck and cover." "and students took cover. it was just a drill but three days after florida's deadliest tornadoes, today was tornado awareness day." "when nola puts out the signal, this is what's going to sound" (beeping) "now, there is run on weather radios that automatically signal a watch or a warning and
radios like these will be installed in all florida public schools." once again, as time has proven, our advancements in security often come afterexperience. still to come, we turn back the lens of time on the disaster that shook the city by the bay. plus, a storm, so ferocious, it redefined how we measure a hurricane. this is "through the decades." hurricane. this is "through the decades." on a brisk tuesday evening, san
francisco played host to fall baseball. game three of the world series was a crosstown fight between the san francisco giants and the oakland athletics. but on that october 17 in 1989, the focus of millions would be shaken in another direction. an earthquake would render all other matters obsolete. long before 1989, the san francisco bay area knew of the devastation that could be
wrought by an earthquake. in 1906, the city was all but destroyed when the san andreas fault ruptured to the north and south. thousands were killed in what's still regarded as one of the deadliest natural disasters in u.s. history. san francisco would be rebuilt but an air of inevitability would linger long after that the san andreas fault was bound to produce another quake. one potentially worse and equally as unpredictable. "certainly, if we had another great earthquake, the damage could be enormous. it's a very difficult thing to estimate because we're limited in the kinds of data we have available for extrapalation since the past and into the present." it wasn't a matter of if, it was simply a matter of when. but specifics were fleeting as were any hopes of an accurate and timely forewarning,
leaving millions in the region left to accept a degree of risk. the kind that comes with living along a major geological fault and sooner, rather than later that which was inevitable would come to pass. "this is a cbs news special report." "this is dan rather in new york. an earthquake has hit san francisco tonight. the san francisco bay area shook for about 15 seconds. telephone service, radio and television stations were knocked off the air. this was felt as far away as fresno which is about 120 miles to the soueast of san francisco. we do not know the exact strength of this earthquake. we do not know whether there's been damage or whether anyone has been hurt. stay tuned to this cbs station for further details. dan rather. cbs news. new york." just past five p-m local time on october 17, 1989, an earthquake, centered near the loma prieta peak in the santa cruz mountains about 60
miles south of san francisco, rattled the bay area. in 15 seconds it was over and in its wake was little more than havoc, destruction and death. throughout the region, there were collapsed buildings. electricity was knocked out, gas lines ruptured sparking fires and transportation was severely crippled. "i looked at this freeway. the whole thing started going and it just fell right down on all these people and all they did was start hollering and screaming." among some of the most catastrophic damage happened to a two-tiered stretch of interstate eight 80 in west oakland. when the quake struck, the upper level collapsed crushing many of the cars on the lower level. "i was back far enough to where you could see it fall down. and, and you knew all the cars in front of it are gone but there's people in there they're trying to save up there right now. they need our help." "two kids up there. they're really hurt. they're smashed between two cars and ... they're in the backseat but
they're smashed between the front." it was an apocalyptic scene and for those watching from the ground, there was an overwhelming sense of helpness. it was a feeling even shared by rescuers who were stunned to find survivors. "i don't know how the hell we're going to get them out." "okay." "we have one woman who's unconscious, bleeding from the head. she is breathing. she's got a pulse." "we were pulling survivors out of places that most people wouldn't survive. we had areas where there was a foot and a half between the top level and the bottom level." but while there were glimmers of hope for many waiting to hear from family members, they could only wait in dread. "at this point, we don't whether they're living or dead. we haven't heard from them so obviously something is wrong." "it has been confirmed that in the 25-hundred block of cypress that they have found one person alive." "we have located several individuals, none of whom are alive, so there are no survivors at this point."
forty two people were killed in the highway collapse. a tollany assumed would've been much higher if it weren't for game three of the 1989 world series between the san francisco giants and the oakland athletics. "the world series probably saved lives. remember the earthquake happened at 5:04 p.m. pacific daylight time. normally, the peak of the rush hour but because of the ballgame, a lot of people left home early and either came to the ballpark or went home to watch the game on television." that game was scheduled to begin at 5:30 inside san francisco's candlestick park. it was jammed with a sell-out crowd when the quake struck but most were able to escape without injury. in its aftermath, the series was delayed for an unprecedented ten days and many of the reporters sent to cover the game shifted to reporting on the recovery efforts. "i'm going to be on. i'm going to say a few things. when i
look this way, same deal as before - push in a little bit, i'm going to going to give them a roll cue. we're gonna go to some tape." recovery would prove daunting both physically and for many, emotionally. "i think people are still in a little state of shock. i don't think you know how you're going to feel a month from now." damage estimates exceeded five billion dollars and from washington, president george h.w. bush would pledge much needed federal support. "i can say that we will take every step and make every effort to help the bay area in its hour of need." in some cases, repairs to the region's infastructure would take years. "it's not going to be easy to get into the city at least not from the east bay by automobile except by secure, very congested routes." "if, in fact, there's some deficiencies in the system itself, in the way it was built, because it wasn't built against specifications then authorities will have to deal with that both from a civil and criminal viewpoint." new building regulations would
be enforced and over time, the bay area would achieve its long-sought- after recovery but not without regard to the sleeping giant that could wake at any moment. as we continue our journey of the disasters that have plagued our nation "through the decades," we remember one of the costliest floods in american history. plus, a national icon under threat and the decision that hadn't been necessary in the first 100-plus years of yellowstone. and we remember when southern california was faced with not one but two earth shaking tremors. tremors. 1993.the country's mid-section
months. "the battle against the monstrous big mississippi is being fought along tributaries and in towns all over the upper midwest." from minnesota south to kansas west to nebraska and east to illinois, flood waters penetrated hundreds of thousands of square miles. "we can't cross the mississippi river anywhere between st. louis and davenport, iowa." beginning in april of 1993, continuous rain saturated the upper midwest. by july, some places were experiencing several inches a day and making matters worse were already wet soil conditions incabapable of containing the swollen mississippi and missouri rivers. "the river was coming and we got to hold it out and the only way you hold it out is to build a levy so that's what we're doing." in mid-july, the raccoon river, a tributary of the des moines river, flooded the des moines water works facility cutting off
running water for a city of over 500-thousand. "at the city's crippled water treatment plant, helicopters pulled out the heart of the water works ... massive pumps knocked out by the fod." "it's not at all clear that these pumps can be repaired. they may have been destroyed by the flood and if that's the case they will have to be replaced delaying the plant even longer." water in des moines wouldn't be drinkable until the end of the month. meanwhile, river traffic down the mississippi and missouri rivers was closed costing an estimated two million dollars a day. "it effects jobs and manufacturing all throughout the economy." "well i think there's been a lot of tragedy here ... a lot of dollars lost, a lot of homes ... property ... but i think the main thing is we're all alive." costing an estimated two million dollars a day, over one thousand levees failed by the time it was all over buckling to the awesome power of a relentless mother nature.
"this is mother nature flexing her muscles. she's showing that hey when i want to reclaim something, when i want the land i'm going to take it and she's doing a pretty good job here." "members of congress from the flood stricken midwest are looking for a tax payer bail out. some of them met with president clinton today. he's already promised two and a half billion dollars in flood relief but they say they need more." "the united states government is not going to make up 100- percent of the losses. but we can do a lot and i think we should." those losses would amount to some 15-billion dollars devastation that would haunt the region long after the water left. as we continue our journey, the storm that would redefine how all other hurricanes are measured. plus, we look back on when a record breaking winter storm ravaged the southwestern u.s. and a pair of earthquakes that left behind a path of destruction in southern california.
in this world, humanity bows to mother nature. a force that rises and falls as it pleases. it can either be the object of serenity or the agency of destruction and in the fall of 1991, it proved to be the latter. "on the other side of the atlantic, the east coast of the united states was battered today by a one, two punch of high wind and waves stretching up and down the coast from maine to florida. a huge storm destroyed homes, damaged beaches, knocked out power and sent the surf flooding into the streets." in late october, 1991, a rare weather event was developing in the atlantic ocean . it began with hurricane grace which formed near bermuda and climbed up the southeastern united states. as grace moved north, a whirling mass of warm air was on a collision course with cool, dry air off the coast of nova scotia.
meanwhile, grace continued her journey north and on october 29, slammed into the high and low pressure systems that were mixing near canada. it was a trio of circumstances so exceptional that it would later be called "the perfect storm." the next day, the storm expanded rapidly and began making its way towards the coast. an angry atlantic rose and fell with massive waves some reported as high as 80-feet. gale force winds lashed the east coast from canada to florida with massachusetts taking the brunt of it. coastal flooding damaged hundreds of homes but the most infamous incident happened miles offshore. while the perfect storm was developing, a fishing vessel, named "the andrea gail," with its six-man crew were fishing for swordfish
in the north atlantic. their last reported transmission came on october 28, 1991. caught in the throes of the storm, all six were lost at sea. their story would inspire a best-selling book titled "the perfect storm." which was later turned into a movie of the same name starring george clooney and mark wahlberg. the storm dissipated on november 2. it was never officially named. the national hurricane center was worried it would cause confusion among the media but it'll always be remembered as a phenomenon. a wonder of timing and circumstances that were perfectto awaken the fury of mother nature. today, we understand the intensity of a hurricane based on a determination of five possible classifications. it's called the saffir-simpson scale and it identifies a
storm's strength based on the wind speed that it can sustain. it's a system we adopted after the brutal hurricane camille struck mississippi in 1969. "the people who were here are leaving. death and disease are everywhere." as thought, leaving too late just days before, hurricane camillehaunted this town when it made landfall on august 17, 1969. unknown at the time, it would later be classified a category five. "the first wind and rain of hurricane camille kept pounding the new orleans area this afternoon and with the advancing bad weather came the evacuation of hundreds of families from low lying areas along the gulf coast. dangerous tides up to 20 feet roared ahead of the storm forcing evacuation procedures to be speeded up. there were traffic problems all along the louisiana and mississippi coast lines as refugees took to the roads." in the two days before camille smashed mississippi with her
full force, the national hurricane center issued watches then warnings for parts of florida and mississippi causing some residents to flee. but by late afternoon, sunday, august 17, a warning was issued for the whole coast. triggering civil defense organizations. but it was too late for some. "we have no authority to force a person to leave his property. many, many peope refused to leave saying they had been there for many, many years living in their homes. they had weathered these storms before. they just didn't feel that it was going to be as strong as it was." "when hurricane camille moved on to the mississippi coast just west of gulf port last night, forecasters here at the new orleans weather bureau estimated her winds at 150 miles per hour, making camille one of the most dangerous storms to ever be recorded in the united states." winds were later estimated to be 200 miles an hour but the storm had knocked out the weather equipment making an
accurate reading impossible. "we're just thankful to be alive. that's it." 150 in louisiana and mississippi weren't as lucky. another 100 were killed in virginia when the storm moved inland and caused flash flooding. "we're all tired. in fact, i stayed up all night picking up the dead people on this street in that corner, you know. we picked up three live ones on the ramp. we picked up two dead girls. we picked up a dead man at the broussard residence and we picked a little five year old girl. the only survivor in the water." "my little daughter. she's the one that's alive. she floated in on a piece of board. she just went to sleep. the one that was alive, right. she just went to sleep, i guess, the way she said it. when the tide went down she got cold and she ran for a house for shelter." "the walls just fell apart. they went out rushing with the water. they went out with the water." "to people returning to their homes, what they saw was
shocking. some of the homes were still standing but for the most part the refugees found little remaining. gulf port officials said their city had been demolished. the civil defense reports that pasculala, a city of some 20,000, suffered damage to 75 percent of its homes. the mayor of biloxi, mississippi estimated damage to his city at 10 million dollars." "camille left 100,000 homeless. 200,000 are in storm shelters in louisiana, mississippi and alabama." camille's destruction cost 1.5 billion dollars at the time. today, that total would run nearly 10 billion. its wake of death and destruction inspired the system used now use to rank hurricanes - the saffir-simpson wind scale. in camille's fallout, residents argued they didn't know the extentof the storm's intensity but suggested if they had more information, maybe they would have evacuated to safety. still ahead,
we'll take you back to the summer of 1988 when devastating flames erupted at the nation's treasure that is yellowstone national park. plus, we remember one of the oddest calamities in american history when some 120 million gallons of river water shut down chicago businesses. the story is still to come, right here, on "through the decades." right here, on "through the decades." wildfires out west. a story as
regular as tornadoes in the bread basketor hurricanes on the coast. but a series of blazes at yellowstone national park in 1988 wildly blazed out of control burning a third of the two million acres. so much so that the national park service made a defining decision. "this morning came the fight to save cook city. the fire igniting just before dawn on the edge of this tiny montana tourist town and quickly building into a raging wall of flames sounding like a jet as it roared through the forest." in the middle of june, 1988, a small fire ignited near yellowstone national park. it was the firstof many that summer that created the largest wildfire in the park' s history.
the blaze would last for months charring a third of the two point two million acres and putting tourist areas in jeopardy. then on september 8, 1988, the park was shut down for the first time in its century existence. "the 13 big fires in and around yellowstone have scorched more than a million acres of timberland and montana is so fire prone, that hunting, camping and other activities in the woods are now banned indefinitely." "let nature takes it course has damn near destroyed nature in the greater yellowstone area." when the inital blaze sparked in '88, the national park service followed a 1972 policy - "let it burn." it was adopted after natural fires were found to be beneficial to the eco-system. but that 1988 blaze proved radically different. "knowing what i know now, in hindsight, we would have tried
to put out every fire that's now burning as quick as we could have." "but it's too late and today the worst wildfires in more than 200 years total staggering numbers. right now with 27 major blazes burning in eight states an area the size of delaware has been scorched and on top of that federal officials estimate if mother nature can't put the fires out soon, it could cost taxpayers 270 million dollars to do it." "the only way we're going to control this whole situation is to get some rain or snow." after the 1988 blaze, the national park service implemented a new plan for yellowstone specifically in 1992. more changes came a decade later. today, the park service is allowed to let natural fires burn so long as they burn within the point of control.
in 1967, the states of new mexico and arizona were inundated with a very atypical amount of snow which lasted for several weeks. in some parts, more than five feet piled up and claimed the lives of more than 50 people. on december 14, 1967, a major blizzard struck northern new mexico. that was followed by near- constant snowfall for the next two weeks. the area was home to the navajo reservation. "most of the100,000 navajos on this barren section of the southwest, live in isolated log hogans, tending a few sheep. they are used to hard winters but nothing like this worst blizzard in a generation. the snow has piled into huge drifts blocking roads and stranding hundreds of navajo families." the najavo nation lived in an incredibly remote area of the state. as the snow fell non-stop, piling up to five feet in some
areas, roads became impassable and hundreds were trapped in their cars. the governor ordered the national guard to drop medicine and supplies to those folks. but by the eighteenth, the u.s. air force stepped in and began rescue missions for the families trapped. "only now are the sick and hungry survivors beginning to straggle in." "public health service doctors and nurses treated a group of some 30 navajos mostly women and children. in broken english, they explained they had been on a hike when the storm closed in. with little warm clothing and very little food, they spent five days in the snow and freezing temperatures before they were found. tiny children and women over 80, yet they survived." on december 20, the storm passed on to other states in the south west but arctic air followed and temperatures fell below zero. "the snow has stopped for now but the indians are only too
aware that there is still a lot more winter to come and a further test of the navajo's ability to ensure hardship." the blizzard that swept the southwest in 1967 claimed 51 lives in all. it was just another chapter in mother nature's legend that reminds us who's truly in charge. as we bring our journey to a close, we remember one of the more bizarre disasters in our nation's history. when we return, we'll delve into the story behind the great chicago flood. one that had nothing to do with rain. "this is about the only dry spot inside the tunnels. here's an old electric engine that used to run up and down the 60 mile system. it was built back at the turn of the century to haul coal and ash and later packages from one downtown building to the next." you're watching "through the decades." you're watching "through the decades." californians living along the
san andreas fault line are no strangers to earthquakes but some quakes have been more damaging and frightening than others. one of the most memorable hit in 1992 when residents of southern california were treated to a double whammy. "by some accounts the earth shook for a full minute when the first of two quakes rocked southern california early this morning. it left one child dead and scores of people injured. the first quake measured seven point four on the richter scale, its epicenter yucca valley, a tiny community some 80 miles east of los angeles. three hours later a second earthquake measuring six point five centered near big bear lake in the san bernardino mountains." the first quake, which came before dawn on the morning of june 28, 1992 was the strongest quake to hit the area in 40- years
and it lasted for a long time. "it would pause for a few seconds and then start again and there's a lot of noise with it and glasses breaking." "and for a terryifying minute, everyone wondered if this was the big one." "the whole house was shaking, kids and all." "this circle k store and its owners, knocked for a loop." "dozens of injured people arrived at area hospitals, most with minor cuts and bruises from fallen debris, and so far, one death, a three and a half year old boy crushed by a falling chimney." "and then, the earth moved again. everyone expects aftershocks, but nothing with the whallop of the six point five magnitude quake that buckled this mobile home park." "and today's double thriller is forcing a lot of people who live in the california desert to wonder, is it really worth it?" "i've never seen anything or felt anything like the shaking
that i felt. it was absolutely terrible. i'm still real scared and right now all i want to do is get the hell out of joshua tree and go somewhere else where there isn't any earthquakes like this." "there it is!" aftershocks the following day were severe and rattled nerves even more. in addition to the child who was killed, two people died of heart attacks and more than 400 were wounded. the estimated damage amounted to 92-million dollars. seismologists later said that the cluster of quakes that day resembled the series that preceded the enormous 1906 quake that devastated san francisco. even more serious damage in the yucca valley and around big bear lake may well have been prevented by changes to building codes made by california after the deadly san fernando valley quake on febuary 9, 1971. "and i think the kinds of things we learn from this
earthquake are going to make los angeles and all earthquake prone areas of the world much safer places to live and hopefully they'll be much safer by the time the great earthquake does occur here." the 'big one' remains a very real risk that scientists say could destroy a sizable chuck of land. the one thing they can't predict though is when it will strike. "california and nevada record about 5,000 quakes each year. only a very few of which cause any damage. but there will be another great shock in southern california and in all candor, aside from making buildings as safe as possible, there really is not much anyone can do to prepare for it." if there is one thing that we have seen time and time again, here on "through the decades," it's that history doesn't often stay forgotten. you can take the past and bury it deep, build a shiny new future on top of it but it has a tendency to come back at the most inopportune times.
like it did in april, 1992, the date of the great chicago flood. the city of chicago. a glistening modern city built from the ashes of its former self. the birthplace of the skyscraper. rising tall, it's strength reflecting in the water at its feet. to the modern eye, this city appears the master of lake michigan and the river that courses through its heart that was not the case on april 13, 1992. "chicago's downtown business district was virtually shutdown, thrown for a loop by an underground gush of river water." for thousands of office workers, it was an unexpected holiday as the city's downto business district, shops and even it's board of trade were shut down.
"they made the announcement and everyone's cheering and i didn't know why and we kept trading and somebody goes we're closing in a minute and i'm like what?" the cause - a flood you could barely see on the street. nobody died and few of those who live and work downtown even got their shoes wet. yet damages were estimated to be at least one billion dollars. "they shut the whole building down, as of right now." "no elevators. no power?" "no power." lurking far below the towering skyscrapers sat an all-but- forgotten part of the city's history in the form of a network of freight tunnels. "this is about the only dry spot inside the tunnels. here's an old electric engine that used to run up and down the 60 mile system. it was built back at the turn of the century to haul coal and ash and later packages from one downtown building to the next." the problem started with work on a bridge over the chicago river.
crews installing pilings beside the bridge punched a hole in one of those tunnels some 40 feet down beneath the murky water and river bed. "a hole the size of an automobile is sucking river water into a 20 mile system of abandonded tunnels once used to transport coal and which now crisscross beneath some of the world's tallest skysrapers." with one of america's largest cities shut down, city crews raced to try and stop the 124 million gallons of water now sitting in the basements of the cities most famous buildings. "city crews keep dumping thousands of tons of limestone into the river to seal the breach and plug the leak in what many here are calling chicago's great loop flood." as if to add insult to expensive injury, news soon broke that city about the problem, but didn't do anything. "this is a cave in." a crew for the local cable
television company was checking on their cables under the river when they spotted the problem and alerted the city. "you can see what's cracked off in here and the silt and clay that seeped in." the day after the flood, the city official in charge, handed in his resignation. "this problem's was brought to his attention. he failed to act resulting in a major problem that could have been avoided." pumping out all that water would take weeks. three years later, the city would write a check for 36- million dollars to the insurance companies for several downtown buildings.
>> ♪ >> live from the cbs broadcast center in philadelphia, this is cbs3 "eyewitness news." >> philadelphia is set to bid farewell 2016. fireworks are about to light up the night sky at any point this evening. this is just the first of two displays that will help us ring in 2017. good evening, i'm joel holden. natasha is off tonight. now the second fireworks show kicks off at the stroke of midnight. if you're heading tout celebrate you'll want to dress warmly. meteorologist lauren casey is here with her fireworks forecast. hey, lauren. >> hey, joe. yeah, chilly day today once again we had that breeze once again as well and temperature gh