St Patrick’s day 1936 was a day never to be forgotten.
Rainfall during the first two weeks of March 1936, combined with melting snow combined with a major storm which had originated in Texas. The storm resulted in heavy downpours with five inches in the Wills Creek and North Branch of the Potomac River areas, and the sodden soil could hold no more. Cumberland downtown was flooded, so badly that one man had to be rescued by people leaning out of a second story window of Holzman’s Drugstore. This front page from the Cumberland Evening times tells the story