October 17 in San Antonio history…
1918 – World War I
Donations of material for the miniature bank building to be erected in Alamo Plaza across from the post office as headquarters for the War Savings Stamp campaign are now complete. Work on the bank will start as soon as materials and mill work can be delivered.
A storm system dumps a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights. It claims 29 lives in seven counties, leaves more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and causes about $1 billion in property damage.