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Severe flash flooding causes heavy damage in Philadelphia region of New Jersey and Pennsylvania

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07/16/1865
Heavy rain in the MidAtlantic region caused damaging flash flooding in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  The Ruritan River around Somerville and Brunswick in New Jersey and the Schuylkill River through Philadelphia were particularly effected. Railroad beds, canals, trestles, bridges, including the Chestnut Street Bridge in Philadelphia, suffered costly damage.  Along the Schuylkill, small houses were even carried away.  There were no reports of serious injuries, however.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Disastrous Freshet," Chicago Tribune, July 18, 1865, p. 1.

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