Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Ivan wipes out the Delaware Canal

According to an article in Today's Morning Call: "Delaware Canal State Park Manager Rick Dalton said the storm that brought 4 to 8 inches of rain by dawn Saturday caused at least $7 million to 10 million in damage to the vulnerable 60-mile canal that stretches from Easton to Bristol.

''The people who work here are devastated,'' he said. ''They are proud of the canal and trail, and it hurts to see this happen.''

The most intense flooding along the Delaware since Hurricane Diane in 1955 washed away about 30 miles of the red-stone trail along the northern half of the canal and left serious breaches in the canal walls at Raubsville, Lumberville, Washington Crossing and other locations."