1913 Storm Swept Destruction Path
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|This 1972 article recounts that fifty-nine years on September 3, 1913, Washington experienced the most destructive storm in her history. Tide water rushed in too quickly for anyone to walk on city streets. In the rush of torrents of water steamers, tugs and barges docked at Washington were sunk, railroad trestles were washed completely away and carried out in the river never again to be seen, and water in excess of 15 feet on the street of low ground Washington damaged supplies and stores. "Miss Lucretia Hughes, a Washington resident interested in the City's history, compiled interviews with at least 24 Washingtonians who were in some way connected with the Storm of 1913. Information she collected in addition to that taken from the Daily News files tells the story of Washington's most terrible storm. Ann Tyndall and Peter Galuszka of the Daily News staff took Miss Hughes notes and wrote the following story.