Locations NH, VT, CT, MA Flooding, Nov 1927
LIVES, PROPERTY LOST NEW ENGLAND FLOODS.
MANY LIVES AND PROPERTY LOST VERMONT FLOOD.
MOST DISASTROUS FLOOD IN NEW ENGLAND HISTORY IS REPORTED TODAY.
Boston, Nov. 4. -- (UPI) -- Death and destruction lay beneath swirling flood waters of more than a dozen rivers and lakes in four New England States today.
An isolated Vermont, inundated as never before by fall freshets, struggled to recover from perhaps the greatest disaster in its history.
Many sections of Massachusetts and Connecticut were under water.
New Hampshire reported some damage.
Most telephone lines into Vermont were useless and telegraph wires were crippled.
Six persons were known to have perished. Unconfirmed reports indicated the death toll might reach 13. Many were reported missing.
Thousands of homeless were reported in Vermont.
National guardsmen were called out in Vermont and Massachusetts to assist police and firemen.
Reports indicated that one of the hardest hit points in Vermont was Montpelier, the state capitol. Boats laden with flood and medical supplies were dispatched from Burlington, Vt. to Montpelier this morning.
Torrential rains of the past few days continued in most parts of Vermont.
Rain or snow tonight was the forecast for Vermont and New Hampshire, with falling temperatures.
The Dartmouth football team, scheduled to play Brown at Providence, R. I. tomorrow, was marooned at Hanover, N. H.
Overflowing of the White River had flooded a bridge between Hanover and White River Junction, Vt., making it impossible for the team to reach White River Junction by train.
A report that the water had attained a depth of more than five feet in Ludlow caused fear for the safety of MRS. JOHN C. SARGENT, wife of the attorney general, and her eight-year old grand-daughter, MARY. The attorney general is in Washington.
Boston, Nov. 4. -- (UP) -- With some loss of life and thousands homeless, Vermont today suffered from what was probably the most disastrous flood in New England's history.
Meagre reports, from the inundated regions this morning indicated property damage would run into millions of dollars.
Perfect Indian summer weather changed suddenly. Torrential rains broke dams, blocked transportation, crippled light and telephone service and caused rivers to overflow, sweeping away homes and public buildings.
Vermont's national guardsmen had been called out to aid firemen and police in relief work.
Citizens in many sections of President Coolidge's native starte passed a fitful night in the face of impending disaster as dams withholding millions of tons of water strained and cracked.
Rising rivers became even a greater menace today with renewal of the rain that had deluged the state for days.
All Vermont cities and towns north of White River Junction were without telephone communication with the outside world.
Telegraph service was also affected. Only scant reports came from the flooded region.
A large portion of Vermont's 9,564 square miles of territory was under water this morning, the depth ranging from two to twenty feet.
Northwestern Massachusetts also felt the flood. Property loss was estimated at more than $1,000,000 in North Adams alone. The national guard was called out there after 20 houses had been swept away by the overflowing Hoosac River.
Some sections of Connecticut were inundated, but early reports indicated the damage there would be comparatively slight.
The number of dead in Vermont was variously estimataed at three to thirteen, but because of communication difficulties, an accurate estimate could not be obtained.
A report, wholly without confirmation, received today at the western Union office in White River Junction said seven persons had been drowned at Montpelier. Two others were reported drowned at Barre, Vt.
Three persons were reported to have perished when an automobile ran into the swollen Westfield river, a section of that town's fire station, near Westfield.
Eight bridges spanning the river between White River Junction and Roxbury were down.
Washouts were reported at various points along the Boston and Maine railroad in Vermont and most trains were stalled.
Reports showed that the White river had risen 22 feet since yesterday morning, making it 14 feet higher than the previous high-water mark. At 7 a.m. the steadily climbing waters were within 11 feet of Main street. Scores of residents along the river front had abandoned their homes.
One of the hardest hit cojmmunities was Ludlow, Vt., reports indicated. The home of Attorney General JOHN G. SARGENT was believed in danger. The attorney general was in Washington, but MRS. SARGENT and her older grandchild, MARY S. were at home.
Four bridges were down at Ludlow and the town was under more than five feet of water. Residents in the affected area had been ordered from their homes.
Some 200 families were reported homeless at Rutland. Many had been forced to use boats to escape.
The Patch and Chittenden dams, near Rutland, were reported to have burst, but there was no confirmation.
At East Wallingford some houses were said to be completely submerged.
Several persons were reported as missing at Barre.
Trolley cars were swept from their tracks by the flood waters at Bennington.
Several houses were swept from their foundations at Springfield, Vt., where the Black river was rising rapidly.
Washouts blocked Boston and Albany railroad lines at Beckett, Mass.
Cellars were flooded, roads were under water and dams were reported near the breaking point at Hinsdale, Mass.
At Hartford, Conn., 12 families were marooned on the second floors of their homes.
A railroad accident was averted at Fitchburg, Mass., early today when police flagged a Boston and Main train after discovering a washout.
The Oelwein Daily Register, Iowa 1927-11-04