As 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season Becomes Active,  Flood Book Featured in Cable TV Segment on Record-Setting Flood of 1955

Archived Press Release – Release Date: October 1, 2008

Ferndale, PA – As the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season heats up, the only comprehensive book about the worst hurricane-caused flood in the Delaware Valley has been featured in a recent cable TV segment. View the segment!

Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955, the latest book by Bucks County author Mary A. Shafer, was featured on Monday, August 15, on the “Weather Whys?” segment of “Weather World,” a regular feature on PCN cable.

The show is produced by the Penn State University School of Meteorology. This segment was hosted by Dr. Jon Nese, former Storm Analyst with The Weather Channel, and author of the foreword for the book. Nese is now teaching in the PSU meteorology department.

The flood that is the subject of the book took place 52 years ago this week, and remains the worst flood ever to hit the Delaware Valley.

The title was named a Notable Book in the Reference category of the 2006 Annual Book Awards by Writer’s Notes Magazine, as well as winning honorable mentions in both the History and Nature Writing categories of’s 2006 Book Awards. It has sold more than 3600 copies since being published in October, 2005.

A 456-page softcover book, Devastation on the Delaware contains more than 100 black & white historical photographs of the record-setting flood disaster, some never before published. Its compelling and fast-paced narrative nonfiction has been described as “reading like a thriller.”

The true stories of dozens of eyewitnesses and victims take readers through three terrifying days and nights as Diane, the second of two training hurricanes, dumps up to a foot of rain on the valley. A half-dozen maps, a reader’s notes section, extensive bibliography, appendix and an exhaustive index help readers place the weather disaster in historical and regional context.

Fifty cents from each copy sold is donated to the Delaware RiverKeeper Network, to support ongoing advocacy on behalf of the Delaware’s environmental health.

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