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The Flood of 1955 Remembered—60th Anniversary Commemoration

A collection of first-person accounts—oral histories, letters, personal essays—from residents who remember the 1955 flood and its impact on the Greene-Dreher community. On August 18, 1955, the remnants of Hurricane Diane produced massive rainfall amounts over the headwaters of the Wallenpaupack Creek, causing widespread flooding and inundating the villages of South Sterling, Newfoundland, and Greentown. Eleven people lost their lives as homes and farms were swept away. When the water receded, thousands of tons of rocks, silt and debris covered the villages. Roads and bridges were impassable, isolating the area for days with no means of communication or travel. In its aftermath, the people of the community came together in a spirit of camaraderie as neighbors helped neighbors restore their homes and businesses. 2015. Edited by Diane B. Smith. Includes 75 b&w photographs, a map in color, plus remarks given at the 60th Anniversary Flood Commemoration. 122 pages, 6”x9”, softcover. $14.15   (PA residents add 6% sales tax.)