AGNES: THE FLOOD OF '72
On June 19th, 1972, the first hurricane of the season, Agnes, crossed over the Florida Panhandle and quickly headed back out to sea. With sustained winds of just over 75 miles per hour, Agnes was considered a low level threat by most weather experts. They were wrong. By June 22nd, the remnants of Agnes stalled over the northeastern United States, dumping up to 22 inches of rain in some areas, including the Elmira/Corning region of New York. The devastating flooding that followed would result in one of the worst natural disasters in the region’s history and change the landscape of the region forever.
In an effort to preserve local history and share this important story with younger generations, WSKG has developed classroom elements around AGNES: The Flood of '72.
- Cultural Responses to the Flood
- Transformation of a Storm
- Disaster Preparedness
- Environmental Impact on Humans and Places
- NYS Learning Standards: Science, Living Environment 1, 7
- NYS Learning Standards: Science, Physical Science 4
- NYS Learning Standards: Social Studies 1,3,5
- National Council for the Social Studies Themes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10
- National Science Education Themes: A, D, E, F
Support provided by
Corning Incorporated Foundation