Flooding caused by tropical storm Agnes in mid-June washed out numerous lines of communication in Northeastern United States.
(a) Civilians Contracted to the Corps of Engineers clear debris from bridge construction site.
(b) Various scenes of Army Engineers and civilians contracted to the Corps of Engineers constructing a Bailey Bridge.
(c) Civilian contractors prepare bridge approaches for traffic.
(d) Truck crosses the completed bridge.
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Background: Flooding caused by tropical storm Agnes in mid-June washed out numerous lines of communication in Northeastern United States. Hardest hit was Pennsylvania, where clean up and repair operations are still underway.
Army engineers from the 76th Engineer Battalion, Fort Meade, Maryland, along with civilian equipment and manpower under contract, on an emergency basis, from the Baltimore District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, began repairing roadways and replacing bridges damaged or destroyed by the flooding.
This film shows the construction of a 180-foot, triple span, Bailey Bridge across the Shamokin Creek, near Sunbury, Pennsylvania (37 miles north of Harrisburg). The District Engineer let the contract for construction of the bridge to a local contractor. In agreement with the District Engineer, the contractor hired local unemployed labourers to complete the project, enabling much needed money to funnel back into the hard hit communities.