Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955

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Synopsis: The first definitive documentary of this tragic event along one of the country's most beautiful rivers.

August 18-20, 1955: Three terrifying days and nights still remembered with awe in the Delaware River valley. Record-breaking rainfall from hurricanes Connie and Diane abruptly ended a withering drought, but the relief was short-lived. It was soon overshadowed by terror and destruction that tore away bridges and ripped houses from their foundations.

From the river's headwaters in the Catskills and through the Poconos, excessive runoff surged down steep slopes and through valleys on both sides of the river. Tributaries swelled unbelievably, some rising thirty feet in fifteen minutes. Eventually, they all poured into the Delaware, transforming the usually placid waters into a raging, uncontrollable beast.

Mountain resorts were inundated, leaving cars upended in swimming pools. Entire summer camps were washed away. More than 400 children were evacuated by helicopter from island camps in a tense, unprecedented operation.

In the end, nearly a hundred people were dead and hundreds more homeless. Dozens were missing, some ripped--still sleeping--from their beds in the middle of the night. Victims'’ bodies were still being recovered thirty years later -- some were never found.

Devastation on the Delaware follows the true stories of survivors and eyewitnesses to bring these events to chilling life. More than 100 historical photos and a dozen maps illustrate this narrative nonfiction account of a tragic event that changed life in the Delaware Valley forever.

From the Publisher: Devastation on the Delaware is our flagship title. We feel it's a strong first book to serve as the foundation of our publishing house, Word Forge Books. This title sets the tone of our publishing philosophy: It's all about giving back.

Winston Churchill, a man whose life made a tremendous impact on his homeland and the rest of the world, said, "You make a living by what you get, and a life by what you give."

At Word Forge Books, we try to find meaningful ways to give something back to the world from which we make our living. Part of that means producing quality reading material worth spending time with. While our books may not always be light or breezy, they still manage to be uplifting, whether through a positive new take on old problems, fresh ideas for constructive living, or a welcome light shining on previously misunderstood or little known facts.

Our mission is to provide a platform for some of today's most forward-thinking, constructive voices in ideas and literature. We seek out authors and artists whose sincere wish is to help make a better world for us all. Many of our products carry a literal give-back, meaning that a portion of the sale of each item is donated to a related charity or independent project.

Fifty cents from the sale of each copy of Devastation on the Delaware is donated to the Delaware RiverKeeper Network, the official voice of advocacy for this majestic, wild and scenic waterway.

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