Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Agnes - 1972

From late June of 1972 comes this photo of the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes. The James River crested at a peak of 36.5 feet as a result of Agnes, flooding parts of downtown Richmond (the flood wall wasn't completed until 1995), and obviously flowing over the 14th Street bridge. Thanks to the floodwall, Hurricane Irene won't result in flooding like Agnes for Richmond this weekend.

The caption on this photo:
"A Virginia National Guardsman keeps watch at the south end of Richmond's 14th Street Bridge after floodwaters of the James River receded."

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo from the cover/back cover of the 1972 book Hurricane Agnes…The Richmond Flood


  1. I still have this booklet in my library.

  2. I remember moving A& N products from the warehouse where the Boathouse restaurant is now for the Sterinheimers.