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Shock Troops of Disaster

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(11:26) b/w, silent
On WPA relief operations in New England. Reel 1, hurricane and tidal waves hit the Long Island coast in Dec. 1938. The hurricane and flood waters rage across New England. Derailed trains, felled trees, damaged homes, flooded streets, and other evidences of the catastrophe are shown. Coast Guard crews rescue stranded citizens. WPA and CCC units erect sandbag levees. Reel 2, WPA director Harry Hopkins arrives at Providence, R.I., to survey damage. WPA units deliver food and medical supplies by truck, establish relief headquarters, clear mud from city streets, repair roads, and remove debris.

One comment on “Shock Troops of Disaster

  1. Meredith Williams

    Hi I found a better link to Shock Troops of Disaster, with sound, on Youtube… if it helps… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be39JVf54bg Also, I’m pretty sure the hurricane in question was September 21, 1938, not December. The audio says “late September 1938” corresponding to the Great New England Hurricane / Yankee Clipper of that date. Reference to December looks like an old typo by the archivist…

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