Monday, August 29, 2011

HURRICANE CAROL 1954

This one caught my family unaware. We were at Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island, looking forward to a nice week's vacation. At 3 am of the second morning, we were awakened by State Police officers telling us we needed to evacuate. The entire town was evacuated to the west through the town of Westerly. The house we were renting, along with most of the cottages on that stretch of the Rhode Island shore, was washed away. I remember stopping for breakfast in Westerly and seeing that the river running through that town toward the sea was within 2 feet of the bottom of the concrete bridge in the center of town.

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