Arundel History

1972: Flooding from Agnes

June 17, 2007

Starting the 1972 hurricane season with a rough blow, Tropical Storm Agnes swept the Eastern seaboard in June, causing $3.2 billion in damage and claiming 122 lives, 21 of them in Maryland.

Agnes was the worst tropical system to hit the United States until Hurricane Andrew smashed into the East Coast in 1992.

Flooding from Agnes forced hundreds of people in Anne Arundel County to leave their homes and find refuge in schools, fire stations and the National Guard Armory in Annapolis. Most of the evacuees lived in trailer parks along the Patuxent River.

Thousands of basements were flooded, and a huge cleanup ensued.

People distracted by the weather news might not have paid attention to what was then a minor crime in Washington, the burglary at the Democratic national campaign headquarters at the Watergate Hotel.

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