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Reader searching for Tropical Storm Agnes photos to use in children’s tour

The Tropical Storm Agnes deluge from June 1972, as seen from a photo on the wall in the Indian Rock Dam office. (See additional photos below.) Background posts: In late June, things happen in York County and Great Depression struck four corners of triangle-shaped York County and Reader doesn’t understand some things about York County and Agnes, by the tragic numbers.

E-mailer Jay Lawrence is looking for photos of Tropical Storm Agnes, York County’s last truly devastating flood.
He wrote:

I’ve been talking with my grandkids about Agnes and the damage it caused. I been trying to find pictures with no luck. I was hoping you could help me with my search. I would like the pictures so i could take them to spots around town and let them see how high the water was and the damaged it caused.

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This Shenks Ferry tree indicates Tropical Storm Agnes flooding and other times of high water.
I wrote him suggesting he can find some images and other information by searching this blog.
Other viewers here can e-mail in their photos, and I’ll post them here.
But my best suggestion – the advice I usually give – is to go to the York County Heritage Trust archives, 250 E. Market St., and look up newspaper microfilm from those days and print out photos. Or no doubt the Trust has a file on the storm, which would contain a Gazette and Daily special section and any other related publications.
And I urged him not to forget the 1933 flood. A photo record for that deluge no doubt awaits him at the trust as well.

Emergency workers, seen here in a York County Heritage Trust photo, do their job in York in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972.