FRESHET. — Rain commenced falling on Monday and continued with slight intermission up to Wednesday noon, causing the Potomac to swell higher than it has been for eight years. The freshet extended along the line of the B. & O. Railroad from Grafton to points east of Harper’s Ferry. The C. & O. Canal was overflown at several points between Cumberland and Harper’s Ferry. It is thought that Dams No. 4 and 5 are materially injured as five or six cribs and timber were seen floating by at this point.
At Harper’s Ferry, on Wednesday, the banks of the Canal were entirely submerged, and the lower end of the town overflown. Many persons were compelled to remove their stores, shops, &c., from the submerged and threatened buildings to others higher situated. The Armory buildings being protected by the heavy walls surrounding them, were not at all affected by the flood.
It is presumed that much loss and damage have been sustained by persons residing along the line of the Potomac.
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