DISASTERS: In the Wake of Agnes

As the savage floodwaters summoned by tropical storm Agnes slowly subsided, the toll in lives, refugees and property damage made it clear that the storm almost certainly added up to one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. At least 109 bodies had been found and rescue workers expected to find more in the rushing waters and mud-caked debris of southeast Florida and a five-state area (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania) of the East. At least 387,700 persons were evacuated in Agnes' corkscrew wake. Property damage was put...