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Assabet River Floods and Droughts

Monday May 24, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:15 PM

Maynard author and historian David Mark will speak about how Assabet River floods and droughts have affected the town.

Floods, those more recent somewhat tempered by flood-control dams built upstream, have wreaked havoc on Maynard – washing out bridges and flooding downtown buildings, including the mill complex. These were often the results of spring rains combined with snow melt, or in the fall, torrential rains delivered by hurricanes. August 1955, the high water crest of 8.94 feet from Hurricane Diane was the highest the river has been since record keeping began in 1942. Children witnessing that flood were told be their parents of the flood of 1927 that had wrecked the Waltham Street bridge.

Droughts are never as memorable as floods, but every summer the river slows to a low, slow stream, and sometimes less than that. 

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