Cecil County remembers Hurricane Agnes

From Cecil Whig

By Jane Bellmyer                               |

Forty years ago today, many Cecil County residents were mired in mud and debris thanks to Hurricane Agnes.  It was a storm that set records for rainfall, storm surge and flooding, with the Susquehanna River cresting at almost 37 feet. The Rev. George Hipkins said bricks marking the high water levels on what is now the Port Deposit Post Office in Center Square have been removed, but he recalls that both sides of Main Street were inundated when the storm came

“We lived at 23 South Main St. and the water came up about a foot or so below the first floor,” Hipkins said. “It covered the (utility) meters in the basement, but we never lost power.”  Ava Blackburn didn’t live in town at the time but had friends that did, including Donald Poist.  “The water had been up to the second floor,” she said of Poist’s North Main Street home.

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