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Flooding

Date: January 11, 1955

Location: East Coast, St. John's, Carbonear

Easting: 373550

Northing: 5269000

Latitude: 47° 34' 00" N

Longitude: 52° 44' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Western Star Jan 11, 1955

The "worst storm in memory" battered the East Coast. Surging waves sent water 200 feet in the air against the steep cliffs around St. John's Harbour. Thousands of feet of lumber were afloat around the coast as wharves and stages fell prey to the storm. In St. John's 12 wharves and two small boats were destroyed at an estimated cost of $12,000. At Carbonear 40 feet of railway was washed out to sea. Huge breakers shot water over the dome at Fort Amherst, 132 feet above sea level.

 
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