Hurricane Agnes in June 1972 delivered more than 16" of rain to our area, which resulted in massive flooding. As an apprentice plumber, it was my job to enter into the flooded basements and set up each sump pump. Bear in mind that submersible sump pumps were not the norm — pedestal sump pumps were, due to cost — so the work often required we suspend the motor above the water and the owners would lower it as the waters receded. Chest- and neck-deep water was not unusual ...

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