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By 1917 the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Buchanan v. The court struck down the Louisville residential segregation ordinance, ruling that it violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause.Throughout January 1937, 19.17 inches (48.7 cm) of rain fell in Louisville, and by January 27, the Ohio River crested at a record 57.15 feet (17.42 m), almost 30 feet (9.1 m) above flood stage.An estimated 74 to 120 people were killed and 200 were injured.The damage cost the city .5 million The NAACP challenged the ordinance in two cases. William Warley, the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, tendered a purchase offer on a white block from Charles Buchanan, a white real estate agent.By 1828, the population had grown to 7,000 and Louisville became an incorporated city.Early Louisville was a major shipping port and slaves worked in a variety of associated trades. During the Civil War, Louisville was a major stronghold of Union forces, which kept Kentucky firmly in the Union.These events triggered the "Great Flood of 1937", which lasted into early February.
With nearby Falls of the Ohio as the only major obstruction to river traffic between the upper Ohio and the Gulf of Mexico, the settlement first grew as a portage site.Ten thousand spectators watched the first Derby, which Aristides won.On March 27, 1890, the city was devastated and its downtown nearly destroyed when an F4 tornado tore through as part of the middle Mississippi Valley tornado outbreak.Two weeks after the ordinance enacted, an African-American named Arthur Harris moved into a house on a block designated for whites. Warley also wrote a letter declaring his intention to build a house on that lot and reside there.With the understanding that the Louisville ordinance made it illegal for him to live there, Warley withheld payment, setting in motion a breach of contract suit by Buchanan.
Today, the city is protected by numerous flood walls.