Devastating flood of 72′ changed Twin Tiers region in many ways than one

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It’s been 47 years since the flood of 1972 in the Elmira, Corning area.

The year was 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes swept through the Twin Tiers and the flood waters caused widespread devastation.

It was a moment in time that forever changed the face of the region for the foreseeable future. 

Executive Director of ‘Friends of the Chemung River’s’ Jim Pfeiffer said it’s important to remember history. 

“The river didn’t cause the flood, it was the hurricane that stalled over the northeast, the river just happens to be the lowest point of the topography where th water went, and if it wasn’t for the river, getting that water out of here, the flood would have been worse, so it’s not fair to blame the river.”

Pfeiffer said since the flood, Elmira is now changing for the better.

With a booming downtown development plan in place with new apartments and places to dine, the community and region is coming together, nicely. 

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