In June 1972, Hurricane Agnes hit the East Coast with monstrous and devastating force, bringing a deluge across multiple states and slamming four counties in the Southern Tier: Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, and Broome. Dozens died and property damage ran into the millions as Corning, Elmira, Owego, Binghamton, and other communities suddenly found themselves under water. The flood destroyed the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, staggered the Penn Central, shut down Corning Glass Works for weeks, and devastated the Corning Museum of Glass—a major cultural resource. Lives and landscapes were forever changed as homes and businesses washed away in a matter of minutes. The extraordinary destruction wrought by Agnes is chronicled here in stunning images of twisted rail lines, devastated streets, rivers bursting their banks, cars on houses¾as well as the exhausted recovery workers and the communities’ determined rebuilding efforts. Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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