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1748

First recorded flood of the Potomac took place when high water drove Robert Harper from his cabin

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1753

The Potomac River flooded

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1784

George Washington and others formed the Potowmack Company

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1785

Virginia (and consequently West Virginia) gained water rights from Maryland.

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1787

James Rumsey successfully demonstrated a steamboat on the Potomac River in Shepherdstown

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1810

The Potomac River flooded

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1843

The Potomac River flooded

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1852

The Potomac River flooded

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1870

The Potomac River flooded

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Jun 01, 1889

The Potomac River flooded

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Oct 01, 1896

The Potomac River flooded

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May 03, 1924

A devastating flood at Harpers Ferry permanently shut down the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Mar 19, 1936

Potomac River at Paw Paw crested at a record 54 feet, 29 feet above flood stage

Other events that happened on or around March 19, 1936

Oct 16, 1942

The Potomac River flooded

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Nov 06, 1985

At Harpers Ferry the Potomac crested more than 12 feet above flood stage

Other events that happened on or around November 06, 1985


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