50 YEARS AGO
A series of heavy rain and violent electrical storms that struck Queen Anne’s County and most of the Eastern Shore late Thursday and Friday were said to be the worst in memory of many residents of the area.
High water caused the most damage as concrete roads were washed out, bridges damaged, electric power curtailed by lightning and almost a week late, one bridge is still being repaired and is closed to traffic.
The deluge dumped an estimated 6.5 inches of water on the county in two days, with the area around Queen Anne-Ruthsburg reporting upwards to 8 inches for the two days. * * * Touching on several topics of interest and importance to local citizens in Friday’s visit to Queen Anne’s County, Maryland Gov. Spiro T. Agnew laid particular emphasis on the immediate need for a solution to the Kent Narrows problems despite what he termed “the apathy of those concerned.”
In his afternoon conference before the County Commissioners, State Senators, County Delegate, town mayors and interested people, the Governor referred to the “Kent Narrows Slums.”
He said that “despite pressures from people influential in and out of government, there has been no push for improvement by residents or property owners” at the Kent Narrows.
Agnew referred to “a congested area with primitive sewers” as a potential source of epidemics. He called the ramshackle dwellings with inadequate wiring