Manchester, NH Flood, Mar 1896

Dam and Bridge Gone.

Manchester, N. H., March 2.--The Merrimac and Piscataquog rivers, swelled by the continued rain of the past 36 hours, have risen nearly to the highest mark. The Kelly’s Falls dam broke yesterday flooding the electric light plant and causing several thousand dollars damage. Two boys, who are missing, are thought to have been drowned also. Rowe’s island, West Manchester, was flooded and the bridge to the shore swept away. Fifty thousand feet of logs were swept from Wallace’s sawmill on the Piscataquog, and rushing down were caught against the Second-street bridge, endangering it so that traffic is stopped. The railroad bridge on the North Weare road was swept away, and it is reported that four bridges at New Boston are lost.

The high water and large quantities of ice have made the Winnipiseogee and Pemigewasset rivers very high. A pier of Sanborn bridge went out yesterday forenoon, and the bridge is wrecked.

The Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, MA 2 Mar 1896



(Special Dispatch to the Transcript.)

Manchester, N. H., March 3.--It is officially announced that the mills of the Amoskeag corporation will be closed for two months, except the Jefferson for one month, on account of the damage done by the flood. Ten thousand people are out of work.

North Adams Transcript, North Adams, MA 3 Mar 1896