Hopedale Coal & Ice - 1927
Mendon Rd??? It goes to Mendon, but then, as now, It's Mill Street.
the backs, but I think that's a mistake. There was
some flooding in Massachusetts that year as a result
of Hurricane Carol, but there wasn't nearly as much
rain as in 1955. The Milford News for that time had
stories about wind damage in the area, but nothing
about any flooding in Spindleville. These photos
appear to have been taken in 1955..
The Hatt house/store floating away.
Floods in Hopedale
Thanks to Charlie Gaffney for the items on this page.
More on 1955 in Spindleville
The 1955 Flood at Hopedale Pond/Draper Corporation
Flood outside the Draper plant, 1955 Flood inside the Draper Plant, 1955
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The 1955 flood was the result of Hurricane Connie, followed by the rainy remains of Hurricane Diane. All of the photos
below show the flood damage in Spindleville. Here's a bit on it from Wikipedia.
Hurricane Diane was one of three hurricanes to hit North Carolina during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season, striking an
area that had been hit by Hurricane Connie five days earlier. Diane's winds rapidly decreased so much that it was no
longer classified even as a tropical storm, but Diane added six to sixteen inches of rain on areas already sodden from
Connie, leading to extensive flooding in northern Virginia, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, southern New
York, and southern New England. The storm caused about 200 deaths. Diane was the costliest hurricane in United States
history until it was surpassed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and was the sixth costliest U.S. hurricane of the 20th century.