Sunday, January 11, 2009


With all the obsession over local flooding, I think it's an appropriate time to take a step back and remember the 21 people who died during a past flood that occurred on this date. Today is the 90th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of Boston. Yes, that's exactly what it sounds like. A vat of molasses burst, sending a 50 foot wall of molasses down Commercial Street at 35 mph, destroying houses and elevated railroad tracks along the way and leaving a sticky mess in it's wake. The article doesn't mention how many rains it took to restore the neighborhood to it's usual state, but my guess is a lot. So for everyone caught in a flood now, be thankful that it's only water.
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