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Pumper trucks spray water trapped along Sycamore Avenue back over the dikes into the Allegheny River days after the Hurricane Agnes flooding.

SALAMANCA — Thursday, June 22, 1972 — what many Salamanca residents will never forget as the day Hurricane Agnes came calling, spreading destruction from the Hudson Valley all the way to Lake Erie.

In the midst of the devastating flood waters sat the city of Salamanca along the Allegheny River. Its police station and fire station were underwater. All three bridges in the city were closed as water flowed across them leaving huge areas of the city cut off.

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A man surveys the flooded lot east of Main Street in Salamanca from what is today the parking lot of the Holy Cross Athletic Club on Clinton Street.

(Contact press reporter Deb Everts at salpressdeb@gmail.com)

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