A few years back I watched a fascinating PBS documentary about the Hurricane of 1938 that destroyed huge portions of New England. At the time, there was no radar or any of the early warning and tracking systems we have today. The weather bureaus assumed that the storm was going to crap out at North Carolina. It didn’t and headed North where it laid waste to lives and property. Being that I am from New England, I was riveted.
I was searching around for that PBS documentary when I came upon this fascinating newsreel from the time detailing the clearing and rebuilding effort. It’s more of a propaganda piece for the WPA with the unfortunate title of Shock Troops of Disaster, but the images of destruction of “quiet and peaceful New England” are astounding!