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Downpour in July ’48 turned city into a lake

Barrett Street — identifiable by Ferro’s Restaurant on the left — becomes Barrett River.
Photographer: Gazette file
Barrett Street — identifiable by Ferro’s Restaurant on the left — becomes Barrett River.
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The city famous for Erie Boulevard looked more like Lake Erie on Tuesday, July 13, 1948. Tons of summer rain flooded parts of Schenectady during an hourlong storm. Cars were unable to roll; men and women managed the trick, rolling up their pants and skirts to travel sidewalks and streets that had quickly turned into rivers. Broadway, Erie Boulevard and Union Street were all in deep trouble — deep water trouble. “The ‘new look’ in ...

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