Heavy rains cause transportation chaos in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey
08/22/1860 to 08/23/1860
Heavy rains struck eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey causing widespread chaos. Flash flooding along the Schuylkill carried away buildings and area canals suffered several severe breaks. Damage was especially heavy along the culverts of the region's railroads. The Reading Railroad, the New Jersey Railroad, and the Camden and Amboy Railroad were all shut down at one point. No serious injuries were reported, however. (By John Osborne)
"The Recent Rains," New York Times, August 24, 1860.
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 413.