Devastation on the Delaware Book Highlights Eerie Similarities

Release Date: September 7, 2006

Between Present Hurricane Disasters and Record-Setting Flood of 1955 Ferndale, PA – Unusually warm Atlantic Ocean waters spawn a disastrous hurricane season. Hurricanes cause massive flooding and break all-time damage records. Hundreds of people are dead, many missing, and thousands are left homeless to face the coming winter.

The Gulf Coast in 2005? No: The Delaware River Valley in 1955.

Author Mary A. Shafer points up many similarities between last year’s catastrophic hurricane season and that of fifty years ago in her newest book, Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955.The 456-page softcover book contains more than 100 black & white historical photographs of the event, some never before published. In compelling and fast-paced narrative nonfiction form that has been described as “reading like a thriller,” it takes the reader through three terrifying days and nights of the largest flood disaster ever to hit the Delaware Valley. Follow the true stories of dozens of eyewitnesses and victims as Diane, the second of two training hurricanes, dumps up to a foot of rain on already-saturated ground on both sides of the river from Port Jervis, NY through Trenton, NJ.

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index help readers place the weather disaster in historical and regional context and make the book a valuable historical reference.Fifty cents from each copy sold is being donated to the Delaware RiverKeeper Network, to support their ongoing advocacy on behalf of the Delaware’s environmental health. That translates into a healthy donation from the first printing to this non-profit watchdog group.

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