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1936 Flood in Cumberland, Hancock and Williamsport


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MARCH 18, 1936.

BLAME FLOOD ON BEND IN RIVER

CUMBERLAND, Md., March 18,.—Sharp curves in the courses of the Potomac River and Wills Creek at their confluence here made conditions ripe for the flooding of Maryland's second largest city.

The Potomac, rushing down the narrow, rocky gorges of the Allegheny mountains, forms a hair-pin curve at the city's outskirts. The river touches the city at a northeast angle, then suddenly veers due south.

Wills Creek, flowing southeastward from Pennsylvania, makes a 45-degree turn at the city's borders to run directly south and join the Potomac exactly at its hair-pin curve.

As the rain-fed waters of the streams met at this point, the torrent "backed up" in the Wills Creek channel. The city hall, the postoffice and other buildings on principal streets above the juncture were flooded.

The city is industrially important, with large dye works, automobile tire plants, artificial silk plants and railroad shops.




ID:
acfl101

Creator:
Hagerstown Daily Mail

Date:
1936-03-18

Collection Location:
WCFL

Subject:
Floods, Maryland, Cumberland, History; Cumberland (Md.),History.

Coverage:
Western Maryland, 1936

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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