Memories of Agnes' damage to Port come flooding back

For those of us who lived through the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972, the recent recollections in The Aegis and The Record brought back memories of those days from June 19 through June 24, 1972. For me, I was 20 years old and living over the Cash Loan Building in Havre de Grace, but my parents lived on South Main Street in Port Deposit and they owned Winchester's Bar and Restaurant at that time. On that particular Friday night, my husband, then-fiance Rick, was bartending for my dad at Winchester's right before the mandatory town-wide evacuation. When residents were allowed back into town, the property damage was beyond imagination. The foul, oily, muddy water not only filled the streets but it also filled the basements on the river side of town and inundated the homes and buildings at least four feet, effectively ruining every piece of furniture, equipment and clothing. Likewise, all the food, kegs of beer and bottles of liquor stored in the bar's basement were contaminated by the floodwater and had to be discarded. All my family's records, photos and memorabilia stored in their basement were washed away. There were no power washers then and the leftover mud had to be shoveled out and hauled away. What a catastrophe!

The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 8185 entertained the Perry Point veterans on Sunday at the post home on River Road.

There will be a quarter auction Sunday at the Hacks Point Fire Company, 1185 Gleve Road, in Earleville to benefit the Cecil County Miss Fire Prevention Program. The doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auction will start at 2 p.m. Admission is $3 which includes one paddle. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For questions, contact Robyn, 443-309-1693.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Water Witch Fire Company will gather for its regular monthly meeting on July 16 at House 2, off Jacob Tome Highway.

Harry Welsh, Perryville, continues his recovery at RiverWalk Rehab in Havre de Grace.

Tom and Beth Knight reminded me about the upcoming Port Deposit Food and Wine Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Marina Park at the end of South Main Street. Mark your calendars and plan to join the fun in September.

Maggie Jackson continues her recovery from the May auto accident in which she broke her right ankle and left knee and sustained multiple contusions and rib fractures from airbag.

The Paw Paw Museum, at 98 N. Main St., opens on the second and fourth Sundays throughout the spring, summer and fall from 1 to 5 p.m. The Bainbridge Museum, at the rear of the Susky River Grill, continues to open each weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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