Serious Flooding of Warwick – 1903 & more recently. . .

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – After heavy rains in October 1903, the creek passing through Warwick caused a serious flood. Water washed the top of the ties on the bridge. Locomotives or loaded coal cars were placed on several railroad bridges to¬†hold them against the wash and lift of the current. At the railroad station only the tops of the rails showed. All the lawn of the Railroad Station Green and Railroad Avenue were covered by water.

Boats navigated on Railroad Avenue during this time. Townsend Sanford paddled a canoe into two business places.

Photo: "Warwick in History" - After heavy rains in October 1903, the creek passing through Warwick caused a serious flood.  Water washed the top of the ties on the bridge.  Locomotives or loaded coal cars were placed on several railroad bridges to hold them against the wash and lift of the current.  At the railroad station only the tops of the rails showed.  All the lawn of the Railroad Station Green and Railroad Avenue were covered by water.

Boats navigated on Railroad Avenue during this time.  Townsend Sanford paddled a canoe into two business places.

Warwick still gets flooded during bad storms as shown in the attached photo of South Street after Tropical Storm Irene.

Warwick still gets flooded during bad storms as shown in the attached photo of South Street after Tropical Storm Irene.