The working of weather bureau in the United States. Snow covered shores of the Potomac River at Great Falls, west of Washington DC, following 15 inch snowfall in February 1936. Two people walking on a high snow covered bluff near the Great Falls. The frozen Potomac River, covered with ice. View of the Memorial Bridge spanning a totally frozen Potomac River, with the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in the background. Views of the river carrying chunk of snow and ice as a thaw begins the breakup. Man photographs a woman next to a guard rail at the Potomac River, covered in chunks of thawing ice and snow. Frozen ice chunks flowing under the Memorial Bridge. Narrator describes flood beginning with heavy rainwall in Shenandoah River valley on March 17 and March 18, 1936. Scenes of Western Union Telegrams detailing reports of rain in the west from various towns in the Shenandoah foothills. One from Romney , West Virginia notes rainfall of 5 inches.
Places of historic importance in Washington DC. The Great Falls of the Potomac River located at the fall line 14 miles upstream from Washington DC.
Damage caused due to flooding of Potomac River near Williamsport, Maryland. Houses and buildings submerged in water. Destroyed buildings. Remains of a segment of a trestle bridge across the Potomac River at Point Of Rocks Maryland, with flood waters all around. Ticker tape warning of the flood is shown running throw a persons hands. Warnings issued by the weather bureau for the people. Members of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and others build a sandbag barrier to protect Federal buildings against the impending flood. View of the sandbags being put in place and the Washington Monument in the background. View of high flood waters at Great Falls and along other spots on the Potomac River carrying debris including houses and sheds. A trestle bridge over the water. Several people standing on the bridge as flood waters rip a support from the bridge and water is nearly overtaking the bridge. View on March 19 near the time the water crested at 19 and eight tenths feet at the site of the old Aqueduct Bridge or Aquaduct Bridge (near Key Bridge and Fletchers Boathouse) Industrial buildings flooded on the shores of the Potomac River.
A river dam and waterfall cresting over the dam. Industrial buildings and a railroad bridge in the background up-river of the dam. (Possibly near Harpers Ferry West Virginia?) View of the Great Falls of the Potomac River, a few miles west of Washington DC. View of a broken river dam and water pouring through the collapsed structure. An industrial plant on land beside a waterway. Two prominent smoke stacks on the plant building.
A raging flood in 1936 in West Virginia. Flood waters seen moving swiftly. WPA Workers during the Great Depression are seen building a new bridge at Petersburg West Virginia, spanning the South Branch of the Potomac River. Car crosses the bridge. New flood walls and dikes built by the WPA are shown, created to prevent recurrence of losses in future floods.
In Charleston, West Virginia workers from the WPA (Work Progress Administration) are seen building the new Southside Bridge over the Kanawha River, in 1936. Sign of 'Railroad Crossing'. Rail crossing improved with the addition of a new overpass. Cars passing by mouth of the tunnel. A train pulled by a large steam locomotive emerges from the tunnel, moving by.