Agnes: The Flood of ’72, is a WSKG original documentary that explores a significant event that greatly shaped the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Classroom elements include overview, themes, DVD segments, discussion questions, activities, and further resources. These were developed by teachers and align with New York State and national learning standards for the Social Studies and Science content areas.
On June 19, 1972, the first hurricane of the season, Agnes, crossed over the Florida Panhandle and quickly headed back out to sea. With sustained winds of just over 75 miles per hour, Agnes was considered a low level threat by most weather experts. They were wrong. By June 22, the remnants of Agnes stalled over the northeastern United States, dumping 22 inches of rain in some areas, including the Elmira/Corning region of New York. The devastating flooding that followed would result in one of the worst natural disasters in the region’s history and change the landscape of the region forever.