This has been the Susquehanna River’s worst flooding in nearly 40 years.
June into early July of 1972, massive flooding occurred from the rainfall effects of Tropical Storm Agnes ravaging the Middle Atlantic States.
Agnes, dubbed Hurricane Agony by some, was just a Category 1 hurricane when it blasted into Florida. By the time it reached the Northeast, it was a tropical depression. Agnes was more than twice as destructive as any previous hurricane in the history of the United States and remains the worst natural disaster ever to strike Pennsylvania…to date.
The greatest rainfall amounts from the storm were measured in Pennsylvania and New York with the greatest 24-hour measurement in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania at 14.8 inches.