Agnes: The Flood of '72

June 21, 2012

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.

Agnes is a one-hour documentary from award-winning filmmaker Brian Frey.

Utilizing archival photos and film footage, Agnes tells the incredible history of the region and the story of a natural disaster that forever altered the area's destiny.

Watch now.

 


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