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An early thaw causes heavy ice damage and severe flooding along the riverbanks of New England

Albany, New York, 1853, detail, zoomable image
02/13/1861
An early thaw after a period of extremely cold weather caused the breaking of ice dams and flooding in many parts of New England.  Albany, New York was cut off for a time as the moving icepack on the Hudson and its tributaries caused damage and severe flooding and the city itself was partially under water with destruction reported nearing the $200,000 mark.  No deaths or serious injuries were reported, however.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Great Freshet - Sudden Rise of the Hudson at Albany," New York Times, February 14, 1861. 

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