The 1936 Floods
George P. Cocaine/Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"No such widespread wave of destruction have swept over New England in the memory of living men." That is the what The Boston Globe reported after massive floods swept away homes, businesses, farms, and lives throughout five states in March 1936. The floods, which followed days of heavy rains, quickly burst the banks of the Merrimack, Connecticut, and Kennebec rivers. As many as 100,000 people were displaced and some 100 died. Today a vast network of flood control reservoirs, dams, and dikes has been designed to prevent a recurrence of such destructive flooding. This picture was taken in Ware.