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Wilkes-Barre After Flood #252792

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 23, 1977
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(Studio) In 1972, river swollen by tropical storm Agnes, flooded Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and killed 5 people. Following is update report
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) (Film of 1972 flood by Susquehanna River shown.) Today, authorities in city say flood may have been blessing in disguise; redevelopment funds and their use in city noted. [Redevelopment authority spokesperson Lee CASE - says people decided rebuilding had to be better than that lost.] Some small, businesses downtown like status quo and now have to relocate because redevelopment is getting rid of old bldgs. [Shop owner Mal CASTELLINO - can't afford bigger place, is happy here, but is being driven out with no choice.] Homeowners, in debt to government for 1% disaster loans, aren't happy either; government has canceled part of debt and homeowners have petition to get rest canceled. [Homeowners' leader Min MATHESON - cites homeowners' plight.] Mickey Torbeck is in debt for house , approved by government, which isn't built properly. [TORBECK - says it wasn't worth it.] Wilkes-Barre may not be entirely happy, but it's alive.

Cronkite, Walter;
Ford, Sam

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