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‘Agnes’ anniversary marked in local book

Readers asked to send stories, photos

Photo courtesy MIFFLIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Water Street lived up to its name as seen in the aftermath of Agnes, the tropical storm that struck Central Pennsylvania in June 1972. The Sentinel’s annual hardback book will look back on the devastating flood.

LEWISTOWN — Next June marks the 50th anniversary of Tropical Storm Agnes, the remnants the hurricane that devastated Central Pennsylvania and the Eastern Seaboard.

Here, in the Juniata River Valley, Agnes made itself known in a way that local residents still have not forgotten. Neither has The Sentinel — and for this landmark we have chosen to dedicate our annual hardback book to the storm that changed our lives.

We remain interested in collecting photos, memorabilia and your stories of living through the flood of ’72. We especially are seeking color photographs.

The deadline to take part is approaching. Those who will take part in this project have until Aug. 15 to submit materials.

Agnes will be remembered in this special commemorative edition that will be available for presale in late summer and for delivery in time for Christmas.

How bad was Agnes? A small rainfall over the 72 hours she battered our communities — Lewistown sustained 12 inches of rain; river banks were quickly swollen and the water had no place to go. Lewistown was the hardest hit of Juniata River communities, as the river crested at 42.1 feet — more than 19 feet above flood stage.

No other community in the river basin that includes the Juniata and Susquehanna rivers saw water rise that far.

The memories to many are painful. But we ask you to share them with us, allow us to share them with the community at large.

Knowing that most photos of the era are not digital, we ask that you allow us to borrow them long enough to scan for use in the book. We will take the utmost care of your photos and offer nothing but respect for your rembrances of this devastating time.

Those who wish to share written memories, show us surviving ephemera, are encouraged to bring them to our office at 352 Sixth St. in Pleasant Acres. You may share stories via email to living@lewistownsentinel.com, or through our virtual newsroom at www.lewistownsentinel.com.

If you have questions, please address them to Lifestyles Editor Jeff Fishbein at the same email or by calling (717) 248-6741.

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