Mary A. Shafer

Mary A. Shafer
Mary A. Shafer
Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955
The only comprehensive documentary book about the largest flood disaster ever to hit the Delaware River.

August 18-20, 1955: Three terrifying days and nights still remembered with awe in the Delaware River valley. Record-breaking rainfall from hurricanes Connie and Diane abruptly ended a withering drought, but the relief was short lived. It was soon overshadowed by terror and destruction that tore away bridges and ripped houses from their foundations.

From the river’s headwaters in the Catskills and through the Poconos, excessive runoff surged down steep slopes and through valleys on both sides of the river. Tributaries swelled unbelievably, some rising thirty feet in fifteen minutes. Eventually, they all poured into the Delaware, transforming the usually placid waters into a raging, uncontrollable beast.

Mountain resorts were inundated, leaving cars upended in swimming pools. Entire summer camps were washed away. More than 400 children were evacuated by helicopter from island camps in a tense, unprecedented operation.

In the end, nearly a hundred people were dead and hundreds more homeless. Dozens were missing, some ripped from their beds in the middle of the night. Victims’ bodies were still being recovered thirty years later—some were never found. Farther downstream, river towns took a beating they would never forget.

Devastation on the Delaware follows the true stories of survivors and eyewitnesses to bring these events to chilling life. More than 100 historical photos and a dozen maps illustrate this definitive account of a tragic event that changed life in the Delaware Valley forever.
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Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Award-winning author Mary A. Shafer is a full-time freelance writer living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She makes her living as a marketing consultant, writing commercial copy, journalistic articles and as a public speaker. She writes mainly historical nonfiction, with her first book published in 1993, selling 15,000 hardcover copies. Since then, she has written two other nonfiction books and contributed to two nonfiction anthologies. Her work has garnered numerous writing and publishing awards. Mary is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Pennwriters, the Twin Rivers Writers Group, and the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.
• Severe Weather
• The Delaware River Flood of 1955
• Emergency Management
• Metal Detecting
• Disabled Pets
• Agrarian America Before the Industrial Revolution
• Wisconsin State History
• Writing, Authorship and Independent Publishing
• Marketing, Promotion & Communications
• History: Women Warriors
• History: Women Pirates

“If you’re bored in this life, you’re working at it.”

  • Mary A. Shafer