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East Coast Floods #223588

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 23, 1972
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(Studio) Some of biggest Rivers in Eastern United States are flooding, thousands of people driven from homes, damage high. Critical areas include Virginia (James River floods Richmond), New York, and Pennsylvania. (Susquehanna and Allegheny Rs. approach crests). President Nixon declares 5 states disaster areas: MD, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and Florida. Death toll now 73, more missing. Rain continues to fall in many hard-hit areas.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Buffalo, New York) Allegheny River swells to historic heights. Massive evacuation continues. Farm land flooded. (Wellsville, New York) Hospital wing collapses. Olean and Salamanca residents flee homes.
REPORTER: Richard O'Brien

(Harper's Ferry, West Virginia) Potomac River, whipped up and fed by tropical storm Agnes meets Shenandoah River in torrent. Rds. washed out, communications cut. (DC) Potomac in mtn's. capital still rising. (Occoquan, Virginia) Dam collapses. (Richmond, Virginia) James River, 25 foot above flood level, spills over dykes. Industrial area flooded.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb (WTOP-TV Newsfilm)

(Studio) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, hard hit by rising Susquehanna River Kingston and Wilkes-Barre evacuated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
O'Brien, Richard
Duration:
00:04:00

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