Hurricane Agnes in Virginia

Hurricane Agnes in Virginia

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"The greatest natural disaster of all time"

That's how observers at the time viewed Agnes. When the storm arrived in Virginia in June of 1972, it largely spared coastal areas. With modest wind speeds, Agnes no longer registered as a hurricane as it crossed the Old Dominion. Yet its prodigious rainfall combined with saturated ground and topography to create massive floodwaters. Its impact on communities large and small was immense. Learn of the struggles of those affected, the efforts of responders, and the larger role Agnes played in the national discussion of disasters and their aftermath.

Local historian Dr. Earnie Porta describes the complex history of hurricanes and details the devastating path of Agnes through Virginia. Dr. Porta received his MA in history from George Mason University and his PhD in history from Georgetown University. He has served multiple terms as the mayor of the town of Occoquan, Virginia, and is on the board of several historical organizations in Prince William County. In 2010, he published a work on Occoquan in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Measures 6" x 0.31" x 9"

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