Eighty years ago today, the Chesapeake Potomac hurricane pushed a wall of water up the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. It also carved the inlet between Ocean City and Assateague Island, as Don Lipman described in his earlier post.

The incredible 11-12 foot storm surge that rushed up the Potomac river caused massive flooding in tidal areas of Alexandria and the District.

The storm also dumped 6-10 inches of rain over the region leading to the flooding of creeks and streams.

On the Library of Congress’ Web site, CWG’s Kevin Ambrose discovered a set of archived photos documenting both the surge and stream flooding around the District.

I reproduce them here: