Media Coverage Archive

This is the place to find archived media coverage about Devastation on the Delaware. Or return to the main media coverage page.

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Bucks County Courier Times

Press Date: July 17, 2006

What’s behind the recent flooding?
By Pamela Batzel

BUCKS COUNTY, PA – Flooding along the Delaware River three times in less than two years has created a collective impression that something is wrong, that society is causing this environmental mayhem. Learn more…

Trenton Times

Press Date: June 29, 2006

Damage could rival flood of ’55
by Andrew Kitchenman

TRENTON — Bridges closed up and down the Delaware River, residents evacuated on both sides of the river, homeowners who had thought their homes were safe anxiously eyeing rising waters. Learn more…

Morning Call

Press Date: March, 2006

Nockamixon author discusses book about 1955 flood
by Kelly Madsen

ALLENTOWN — Mary Shafer’s book is titled Devastation on the Delaware, but this Nockamixon author’s work is ultimately about hope and the human spirit. Learn more…

Delaware Valley News
Press Date: November, 2005

Flood of Memories: Bucks County author chronicles 1955 deluge
by John Monteith

Frenchtown, NJ – Mary Shafer of Ferndale, Pa., spent three years developing the manuscript, a process that included interviewing more than 100 eyewitnesses, survivors and rescuers. Learn more…

Allentown Morning Call

November 19, 2005

Check out paragraph six!

Philadelphia Inquirer

Press Date: August 19, 2005

The Flood of ’55: A book looks back 50 years on the Delaware’s worst deluge
by Leslie A. Pappas

BUCKS COUNTY, PA – Painted on the side of a gray wooden house in the Tinsman Bros.’ lumber yard is a diary of Delaware River floods. Learn more…

Bucks County Courier Times

Press Date: August 19, 2005

50 years after the big flood
By Jazmyn Martin And Brian Scheid

BUCKS COUNTY, PA – On Aug. 19, 1955, the afternoon sky over Bucks County went black and rain poured from thick storm clouds for hours as hurricanes Diane and Connie swept through the area. Learn more…

Doylestown Intelligencer

August 19, 2005

Mother Nature isn’t always predictable
Brian Scheid
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Pocono Record

Press Date: August 15, 2005

Devastation on the Delaware an obsession for Bucks County writer
by Michael Sadowski

MONROE COUNTY, PA – It touched her so much, she couldn’t help but write about it. So for three years, that’s what Bucks County writer Mary A. Shafer did: research and write about the Flood of 1955. Learn more…

Tri-State Observer

August 9, 2005

1955 Flood Book Publication Date Announced
Pike County Online.
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Bucks County Herald

Press Date: July 21-August 18, 2005

50-Year Anniversary of the Record-Setting Delaware River Flood
by Mary A. Shafer

BUCKS COUNTY, PA – Special five-part article series tracing the development of the disaster scenario.

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4  Part 5

Bucks County Town & Country Living Magazine

Press Date: June 7, 2005

The Great Flood of ’55
by Mary Shafer

One of Bucks County’s most prestigious and venerable publications ran a ten-page spread about the flood. The article, written by the author of Devastation on the Delaware, is illustrated with many interesting photos, many of which didn’t make it into the book.
Learn more…

Phillipsburg Chronicle

Press Date: February 25, 2005

Anniversary of Hurricane Diane is a time to learn from historic flood
by Carol Smith

Amateur meteorologist and Ferndale, Pa., emergency management volunteer Mary Shafer has first-hand knowledge of how hurricanes can destroy lives and property. Shafer helped her neighbors pick up the pieces after the Sept. 18, 2004 visits of Hurricanes Ivan and Frances. She and fellow emergency volunteers logged the rising of the Delware River at the Riegelsville Roebling Bridge. The Delaware River crested a few feet below the 1955 landmark flood.

It’s one of life’s ironies that her flood duties stopped work on her soon-to-be-released Devastation on the Delaware: The Deadly Flood of 1955. The book commemorates the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Diane’s visit on Aug. 18, 1955. Learn more…

Advance of Bucks County

Press Date: January 4, 2005

Remembering the flood of 1955
by Joanna Wilson

New book by Ferndale, PA author Mary Shafer narrates the tragedy and heroism that took place along the Delaware River during one of the most deadly natural disasters to hit the Bucks/Mercer County area. Learn more…

Doylestown Intelligencer – Inside Arts Section

Press Date: November 7, 2004

Book to deal with Great Flood of ‘55
Another original press announcement of the book’s publication.
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The Valley Log

Press Date: October 27, 2004

Relative of Shirleysburg resident to publish 50th anniversary account of ’55 Delaware flood

This announcement ran in the hometown newspaper of the author’s grandmother, aunt and uncle in south central Pennsylvania. Orbisonia, Pennsylvania hometown newspaper. View Article…

Doylestown Intelligencer

Press Date: September 26, 2004

Recalling the Flood of ’55
Hilary Bentman

In the wake of Ivan’s destruction, longtime river residents remembered Diane, a storm that destroyed anything in its path along the Delaware. Read more…

Doylestown Patriot

Press Date: October 7, 2004

Writer’s Room to Publish Account of ’55 Flood

An original press announcement of Devastation on the Delaware‘s publication.
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Common Sense Technology

September 29, 2005

New Book Covers Amateur Radio Response to Flood

This article examines the impact the flood had on ham radio operators of the day. View Article…

Cyndis List

December 27, 2005

What’s New on Cyndi’s List
Cyndi Howells
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Not directly about the book, but related coverage of the Flood of 1955:

Weatherwise Magazine
July/August 2005 issue

Rising Water: The Northeast Floods of 1955
a five-page article by meteorologist
Ben Gelber, one of the author’s colleagues
Read More…