Gardens Section Hard Hit By Two Heavy Rainstorms In
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
all-day August rain and flooded the Sheldrake in Mamaroneck
Rivers here Sunday and force the closing of the Harbor
Island bathing beach.
resumed at 1:30 P.M. Monday and sheets of water quickly
filled gutters and streets of Larchmont.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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