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Photos from the 1936 New England Flood

Connecticut River Valley Flood of 1936

June 3 @ 12:15 pm1:30 pm

Presentations will take place via the video conferencing app ZOOM. Please register in advance in order to access the program.

In the beginning of the twentieth century, the Connecticut River Valley was a thriving manufacturing hub for fabric, arms and brass. But early in the spring of 1936, nearly two feet of rain created havoc on a massive scale, killing more than one hundred people and leaving tens of thousands homeless, unemployed and without power for weeks. Patrols were conducted in rowboats on city streets. Typhoid and other public health issues complicated recovery efforts. Adjusted for today’s standard, damage estimates exceeded $9 billion, and the flood helped launch FDR’s Flood Control Act of 1936. Dams, reservoirs and dikes were constructed to control future flooding. Much of that system now remains in place but has gone largely unmaintained.

Presented by Josh Shanley, firefighter-paramedic and author

Details

Date:
June 3
Time:
12:15 pm–1:30 pm

Venue

Zoom App
MA United States
Website:
https://zoom.us/

Organizer

Name:
Lectures & Adult Programs
Phone:
413-314-6488
Email:

Cost

Cost for Members:
$2