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East Coast Floods #21188

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 23, 1972
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(Studio) Floods on North E. coast show no signs of letting up. 50 lives taken so far, millions of dollars of damage done in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, MD, and other Atlantic seaboard states. These states and Florida declared disaster areas by President Nixon.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Susquehanna River swollen to disaster stage. Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp, whose executive mansion flooded to 2nd floor, declares state of emergency. River, still not at crest, is at highest level since 1786. Fires blaze out of control; dams, bridges out; refugees fill shelters.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Tropical storm Agnes triggers most severe flooding Pennsylvania has seem in 30 years Waters of Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers rise 1 ft. each hour. Boats swept from moorings. Farm land ruined, highways blocked with water.

(Olean, New York) Small communities in upstate New York, like Olean, threatened by record flood crest. Residents evacuate homes. Pure water supply not threatened, but gas and electricity failures reported Dykes have protected downtown area so far.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan (WKBW-TV Newsfilm)

(Richmond, Virginia) Not since 1870 has James River risen so high: 36 foot above flood stage. Downtown power plant fails. [Richmond, Virginia Mayor Thomas J. BLILEY - says water treatment plant lost.] [Fairfax, Virginia) 100,000 people without water, go to fire station to take water home in buckets. Tetanus and typhoid shots administered.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) 2 major factors have contributed to severity of weather in N.E. US: tropical storm Agnes encounters new storm which builds her strength and blocks her from moving out to sea. Previous heavy rains cause excessive runoff from current downpour.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Donaldson, Sam;
Geer, Stephen;
Reasoner, Harry

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