Massachusetts Flood, Mar 1936

Flood Havoc At a Glance

(By The Associated Press.)

The flood situation at a glance:

Massachusetts.---Communications and transportation disrupted; Boston faces milk shortage. Worcester a power failure. One death added to fifteen of last week.

At Springfield, Mass., the Connecticut River continued to rise at the rate of a foot an hour. At Westfield, Mass., Mayor Raymond H. Cowing declared a state of public emergency and mobilized all available manpower to buttress menaced dikes of the Westfield River and rescue marooned families.

Several hundred refugees crowded the American Legion building and three churches; police commandeered every available boat and fifty CCC workers were pressed into service. The river was higher even than during the disastrous floods of 1927 which cost more than eighty lives in New England.

Worst Since 1850.

In Northwestern Massachusetts the Hoosac River brought terror to Adams and North Adams. National guardsmen were called. Small bridges were carried away at Adams and the municipal water supply was threatened.

In Western Massachusetts floodwaters practically isolated Northampton, scene of many heavy damage last week. All main-line westward movement on the lines of the Boston & Albany and the Boston & Maine Railroads was suspended.

At Fitchburg, in North Central Massachusetts, the national ugard(sic) was called out as the Nashua River overflowed and conditions were described as the worst since 1850.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 19 Mar 1936


Massachusetts.----Governor Curley resubmitted to the Legislature a proposal for an $8,000,000 relief bond issue, which was rejected last week before the floods; he also announced a Statewide tag day would be held Saturday to raise funds for flood victims; an appeal was sent to Washington to double the State's quota of 125,000 WPA workers; damage in Massachusetts estimated at $200,000,000.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 25 Mar 1936