Flood of 1956

Flood waters rise

Forty-eight years ago from the files of the Bridgewater Bulletin, dated January 11, 1956.

 A full week of heavy rain, melting snow, above-freezing temperatures and strong easterly winds took their toll in Lunenburg County, as the usually benign LaHave River rose steadily to become a dangerous, threatening torrent, flooding many square miles of low-lying country, washing out bridges, mills and buildings, and causing two dozen families to evacuate their homes, leaving all their possessions to the raging flood waters. The hardest hit of Lunenburg County communities is the New Germany-Pinehurst district. Since Sunday every road in and out of New Germany has been flooded and washed out, no trains have been running and all communications except the telephone have been cut off. Schools have been closed, industries stilled and all ordinary work halted as every able-bodied man, woman and child help in the fight against the rising waters.

 Several families living near the lake shore at New Germany were forced by the raging waters to evacuate, while at Pinehurst on Monday 18 families were evacuated by the RCMP.

 Some of the families were taken in by people living on higher ground at Pinehurst, but the greater number of them were taken to the Upper Northfield school house, where the Salvation Army of Bridgewater headed by Lieut. Clarence Bradley, has set up emergency shelter. In New Germany the modern Zwicker Bros. Box Factory has suffered extreme damage. The Flume and Rotary Mill were washed away Tuesday morning, and more than 400,000 feet of logs have been swept away by the raging torrent.

 At Bridgewater, two families were evacuated from their homes on LaHave Street. The flood waters swirled around several homes on the east side of the river, and Silvers' Garage suspended operations yesterday when a flooded cellar cut their power. Several streets in Bridgewater had minor washouts, with the largest on Aberdeen Road. Roy Whynot, caretaker of the Fire Station was called out many times with the Department's portable pump to clear basements of water.

 The piers of the bridge at Gold River on Route 3 were smashed early Sunday morning and all traffic on the important artery was halted until Tuesday when a Bailley Bridge was assembled. The flooding of the Medway River forced families from their homes and flooded roads in many places.

  The Mersey River, running through Liverpool, is said to be in no danger of flooding.

Pictures from the flood

Lake Road


Drew House (just north of the Anglican cemetery, home was destroyed by flood)


Zwicker's Mill

Cole House


Tipert House on Lake road

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