AUGUST 1933 ATLANTIC COAST GALE
Saturday, August 26, 1933, the Atlantic seaboard began picking itself up
yesterday from one of the most disastrous storms in recent years. The death to now
stands at 49 but from northern New York to North Carolina , floods, threaten to add to
the total. Property damage stands in the millions.
120 New York boys and girls at camp along the Neversink River which flooded and
marooned them in their dinning hall has receded, so they are safe.
The southwest section of Philadelphia, a ten square mile area was flooded and
hundreds had to flee their homes. The Philadelphia airport was under water and twenty
planes were landlocked.
Virginia coast resorts were worst hit. Virginia Beach and Ocean City were virtually
wrecked but the work of rehabilitation began rapidly.
Shortly after the storm all means of leaving the shore area was cut off, telephone
and electric service was out and only the Coast Guard wireless was available to send and
Bethany Beach resort was with out drinking water Wednesday and Thursday. Late
Thursday water was brought in by the barrel from Ocean View. There were no sickness'
reported. Ringlers Pier at Bethany's boardwalk was received $2000 in damage. The dance
floor was flooded and furniture, the sods fountain, was tossed about the pier.
With Labor Day on the way, Bethany citizens and other coastal beaches are doing
a general clean up and carpenters, brick masons, painters, and 20 mule teams have rushed into the work. One of the main questions was “who will pay for this” has been sidestepped.
Abstract: Wilmington News Journal and other, August 1933 by Harrison H 06/17/18