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1942 Year in Review

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August 13, 1942


Larchmont Gardens Section Hard Hit By Two Heavy Rainstorms In Two Days .

This vicinity steamed Tuesday after a soaking in two days with more than 7 inches of rain, half again as much in the whole normal month of August.

The rain gauge at Larchmont Reservoir recorded two and one-half inches of rain in an hour and one-quarter last Monday afternoon, and this, added to Sunday’s downpour, made a total of 7.08 inches.

So far in the last ten days of August, therefore, 7.25 inches of rain have fallen, compared with a normal average August rainfall of 4.37 inches in 31 days.

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Crests in Mamaroneck and Larchmont were reached between 5:00 and 7:30 P.M. Monday. Cellars were again flooded and numerous streets were blocked off because of the high water. Larchmont Gardens and the first and second districts known as Washingtonville in Mamaroneck Village were badly flooded.

Many cases of water completely filling cellars and, in some instances, going into the first floor of the residents were reported on Broadside Drive another streets through the unincorporated Town of Mamaroneck section. One instance was reported of a resident who had to move all of his furniture to the second floor of his home.

Sunday’s Storm

An all-day August rain and flooded the Sheldrake in Mamaroneck Rivers here Sunday and force the closing of the Harbor Island bathing beach.

Rain resumed at 1:30 P.M. Monday and sheets of water quickly filled gutters and streets of Larchmont.

Hardly recovered from the downpour of Sunday, residents of the several low sections in both communities were watching apprehensively as the water began to rise in the Sheldrake and Mamaroneck Rivers.

Water flower over the banks at the Larchmont Gardens Lake and rose along Brookside Drive and the other areas hard-hit by the previous storm. The residents had no more than finished cleaning mud and debris from flooded homes and grounds before the second storm arrived Sunday.

A dozen or more cellars in the unincorporated section were pumped out by the Weaver Street Fire Department and the Town Street Department. Approximately as many were pumped in Larchmont Village, according to the Larchmont police.

The rain gauge at the Larchmont Reservoir showed that 4.59 inches of rain fell in the fourteen hours from 2:00 A.M. Sunday to 4:00 P.M. Sunday. The rainfall was heaviest in the hour from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., when an inch and a quarter came down, Henry T. Hotchkiss, supervising chemist, said.

Mr. Hotchkiss read a total of 6.77 inches on the guage after the storm on July 27. The water supply is “of satisfactory sanitary quality and there is no need for boiling drinking water,” he said.

The storm was “generalized,” Mr. Hotchkiss said, and he pointed out that the Mamaroneck watershed, which he said escaped considerable overflows in the storm of two weeks ago, carried an excessive load Sunday.

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