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DEVASTATION ON THE DELAWARE: THE FLOOD OF 1955

Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

DEVASTATION ON THE DELAWARE: THE FLOOD OF 1955

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General Admission May 15, 2018 Free  

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The summer of 1955 brought a horrific drought to the Northeast which was followed by record-breaking rainfall from back-to-back hurricanes from August 18th thru the 22nd.   From the Delaware River’s headwaters in the Catskills and through the Poconos, excessive runoff swelled tributories, some rising thirty feet in fifteen minutes. Eventually, they all poured into the Delaware, transforming the usually placid waters into a raging, uncontrollable monster which left more than a hundred people were dead and hundreds more homeless in the Delaware River watershed. Victims’ bodies were still being recovered thirty years later—at least one was never found. Despite several more destructive floods in the first decade of this century, the deadly flood of 1955 remains the record-holder in terms of life lost, property destroyed and longterm effects on the Delaware River.  Join Mary A. Shafer, author of Devastation on the Delaware, for the story of the raging Flood of '55 and the devastation it brought to our county.  Free.  Reservations recommended.  Refreshments follow.

 


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Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library
314 Route 12
Flemington, NJ 08822

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee

The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee is a Not-For-Profit Corporation created for Hunterdon County's 300th birthday celebration and historical education in 2014.

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