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Effects of the storm.

--The Fredericksburg Recorder gives the following account of the disastrous effects of the recent storm at that place:

On Monday evening the Rappahannock began to rise, and continued steadily to overflow its banks till Wednesday, at noon, when it reached its highest point — being some thirty feet higher than the high-water mark, and being some twelve inches higher than the great freshet of 1814, and two feet higher than that of 1847. Many families along the river bank were compelled to vacate; in some cases water rising to the second floor of their dwelling houses. Large quantities of driftwood were brought down — scows were cut loose from their fastenings above, and came floating down, some of them were secured, and others passed on.--About ten o'clock on Wednesday, the first span of the Falmouth bridge, which had broken loose, hove in sight, and its approach was anxiously watched for by our towns people, who were looking on from the river banks, and whose chief anxiety was in regard to the probable injury it might do to the Chatham bridge. The first span which came passed clear, but others soon after followed, which, striking the span just beyond the island, carried off several sections. The damage done Falmouth bridge is very serious, well nigh the whole bridge has been swept away.

The Northern train due here on Thursday at eleven, did not come in until one, and then only to return the passengers to this place who went over on the 9½ train to take the boat, being prevented from so doing by the fact that the track was washed up for several hundred yards at the Creek and the boat stopped from landing passengers, owing to this cause and the high wind at that time prevailing.

Mr. John L. Marye, had the wood work attached to his mill-race at Alumni Spring all destroyed, his corn house containing some one hundred or more barrels of corn swept away, and lost a servant by the name of Seaton; who died from fright, his house becoming surrounded by water, it so alarmed him that he died. He also lost the lower floor of his mill at the lower end of the town, which was torn up by the rush of the water.

A bout one o'clock on Tuesday night the gas house at the lower end of the town overflowed and cut off the supply of gas throughout the town at once.

The Fredericksburg Herald says:

‘ The damage by the flood has been very great all down the river. The whole of the long wharf at Tappahannock, over 200 feet long, and the wharf at Port Royal, also extending into the river about the same distance, were washed away. The wharf at Hop Yard was also materially injured, part being carried off.

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