50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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

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