McAdow: Past hurricanes felt locally

McAdow: Past hurricanes felt locally
By Ron McAdow/ Columnist
Thursday, September 8, 2005

Because they didn’t start naming storms until the early 1950s, that event is known only as The Great Hurricane of 1938. Like fireman’s musters and the cutting of pond ice, the hurricane was something I learned about from an elderly neighbor when I first moved to Massachusetts – it was a reference point for everyone in his generation. It took nearly 700 lives and made a permanent impression on everyone who survived.
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Even 40 years later, the flood scars could be seen on the landscape (and older buildings) in the Northeast Kingdom, way up in Vermont. I was surveying for an environmental impact assessment on historic resources. Whole swathes of the 1930 topography were simply not there.

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