Do you have a story to tell? It wasn't until the next day that those living in the area would know the full extent of damage, but it remains one of the most remembered and talked-about events of the area. RELATED: Poll: Will we see another 1955 flood in our lifetimes? They have always blamed it all on Diane, but the flood of 1955 was really a tale of two storms. Hurricane Carol, one of the worst to hit New England, was so ferocious the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration retired the name for a decade after it struck in 1954. She gave the Lehigh Valley a much-needed soaking - it had been a dry, hot summer up until then -- but no flooding occurred. In little over a week, two hurricanes passed by Southern New England in August 1955 producing major flooding over much of the region. (see) Other news of the day throughout. Hurricane Connie produced generally 4-6 inches of rainfall over southern New England on August 11 and 12. They have always blamed it all on Diane, but the flood of 1955 was really a tale of two storms. The mark of 43.7 feet at Easton remains untouched even though the area has been hit by several storms since then. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. The official 24-hour rainfall record for the state of Massachusetts is 18.15 inches observed at Westfield, MA (Hampden County) on August 18-19, 1955 was a result of Hurricane Diane. Hurricane Diane followed just behind Hurricane Connie, becoming the second hurricane of the 1955 North Atlantic Hurricane Season. The most damaging floods occurred from the Blackstone River west to, York state line. Streets in Hopedale washed out were Driftway, Cook Street and near Spindleville Pond. 110-114.Preliminary Report of Hurricane Diane And Floods in the … The free bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg was broken in two when debris racing down the Delaware River proved too much for the structure to withstand. Connecticut got hit the hardest. By the time she hit land on Aug. 17 at Wilmington, N.C., just five days after Connie had struck the same area, she had weakened. This storm was, followed by rainfall of from 2 to 19 inches from Hurricane, Flood stages were increased because of the failures of dams. m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.lehighvalleylive.com/4424/gallery/devastation_of_diane/index.html"; Image of flood damage to railroad tracks, Derby - Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries, and Connecticut History … It was an extremely active season in terms of ACE with 199, but slightly above average in terms of tropical storms, with 13 recorded tropical cyclones. [nb 1] The inclusion of loss of business and personal revenue increased the total to over $1 billion. Undoubtedly, the Massachusetts hurricane of the century was the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Diane quickly weakened after striking the North Carolina coast, moved north and, the heaviest rain ever recorded in New England. Connecticut lost 77 people of the 180 people kille… Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). The 1955 flood was arguably Connecticut’s greatest natural disaster in modern times. Formed Aug. 7, Diane followed a similar path, also pounding North Carolina. m_gallery_title = "Devastation of Diane a look back"; Hurricane track ----t-140° 100 Miles Figure 1.--Map of the area of severe flooding August 18-19,showing tracks of the August hurricanes, Connie and Diane. Hurricane Diane was one of three hurricanes to hit the North Carolina coast during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season. m_gallery_creation_date = "Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:52 PM"; The devastating flood, caused by Hurricane Diane’s march up the East Coast on Aug. 19 and 20, 1955, crushed riverside communities such as New Hope and Lambertville that line the Delaware. It hit North Carolina on August 13, 1955 as a Category 2 hurricane. The system began as a tropical wave over the Atlantic Ocean, which developed into a tropical depression on August 7, 1955. GENERAL FEATURES OF THE FLOODS The Storms As the summer of 1955 progressed, it was marked by above-average temperatures and by the lack of rain­ fall. All of the photos below show the flood damage in Spindleville. Moving west-northwest, the depression became Tropical Storm … Here’s the story of the resulting flood, taken from several Storms in the 1940s. “A Decade of Disasters And A Retailing Revolution.” Providence Journal. The first storm, Alice, had persisted since December … In August of 1955 two hurricanes hit Massachusetts just a few days apart and brought a, rain with them. In Easton, damage was estimated at more than $10 million. Hurricane Diane in 1955 dumped more than 10 inches of rain in eastern Pennsylvania, Aug. 18-19. The hurricane season officially began on June 15, 1955, and ended on November 15, 1955. First came Connie, which formed as a tropical storm on Aug. 3, 1955, and developed into a hurricane by Aug. 5. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Marjorie Ashe Sears, 88, July 2, 2008, Columbus, North Carolina. Hurricane Diane brought 19.75 inches of rain to Massachusetts, and that won this storm the award of “wettest storm” to ever hit the state. Near Torrington, Conn., a weather station recorded 16.86 inches of rain within 24 hours, the highest in the state’s history. 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