NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 23, 1972
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(Studio) Flooding continues as tropical storm Agnes causes heavy rains on East Coast of US. President Nixon declares state of emergency in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. Rivers flooding are: Potomac, Ohio, Allegheny, Susquehanna, Monongahela, Schuylkill, and James. Cities flooded are: Richmond, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre; Corning, New York; Olean, New York; Elmira, New York. Convicts may be released from Attica State Prison to help with rescue work. 57 people known dead. Damage over $1 billion. Many residents evacuated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Olean, New York) Force of flood water incredibly strong. More rain predicted National Guard units activated to assist in evacuation efforts.
REPORTER: Henry Marcotte WGR-TV Buffalo, New York
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Schuylkill River is murky and oily. It will leave scum as it recedes. (Parker Ford, Pennsylvania) Carl Lederer's greenhouse under water. Veterinarian refuses to leave kennel and dogs. (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) Bridges are out, houses covered with water. Navy copters pluck people off of rooftops.
REPORTER: Wes Sarginson KYW-TV
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Ohio River will crest at 35 ft., 10 foot above flood stage. Boats and debris litter Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers which meet at Pittsburgh's point. Barges break loose from moorings. Department store erects steel plates to protect windows from rising waters. Sand bags packed around office building Wheeling, West Virginia, threatened.
REPORTER: Ray Tannehill WIIC-TV
(Richmond, Virginia) James River overflows dyke around downtown area. Muddy flood spills into water purification plant; only reservoir water now safe to drink. Sewers back up into streets. 3 big storage tanks leak propane gas into air. Electric power washed out. 5 of 7 bridges unusable. (MD and Virginia) Potomac River floods farm land; will reach 10 foot above flood stage. (DC) After hurricane Agnes hit land last week in Florida, it began to break up over Georgia, but regained strength over South Carolina and moved slowly up to Hudson Valley and into Pennsylvania. Weather bureau says storm is turning N.E. again, so MD will get more rain. Storm grows weaker.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen
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