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Wilkes-Barre

Remembering Hurricane Agnes and the Flood of '72

Susquehanna River and Harrisburg's East and West ShoreLazily cutting between Harrisburg’s east and west shore, the Susquehanna River is widely known as a spot for pleasure boating and fishing. But it hasn’t always been a benign and picturesque waterway.

In late June of 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes struck the Keystone state, including the Susquehanna Valley. Ranked as Pennsylvania’s worst disaster, Agnes inundated the area with eighteen inches of rain in a two day period from June 22nd to June 24th. The Susquehanna River swelled and surged over her banks before cresting at a staggering 33.27 feet, a record that remains to this day.