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Providence Public Library: Hurricane of 1938 Exhibition

In case you were thinking of taking your chances with climate change, the Providence Public Library has an exhibition at their main branch on Empire Street that shows just how destructive hurricanes can be to low-lying New England cities like Providence.  The exhibition is in the newly-restored historic section of the main branch, which is worth seeing in its own right.

The exhibition especially focuses on the 1938 Hurricane, but also on an 1845 storm and on Hurricane Carol (1954).  The '54 Hurricane was of truly national proportions, not just devastating New England, but hitting all of the northeastern states with ferocity.  A crazy plan following the storm had the government knocking down towns in New Jersey in order to make way for a flood control dam on the Delaware River.  The plan partially went through, with many of the towns being seized and knocked down using eminent domain, only to have the government change its mind.  The land, cleared of habitation, became the Delaware Water Gap.

Just look at all those streetcar trolleys in the Downtown in '38. . . Think we can bring that back?

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