Weather 101

When the Great Pumpkin Flood ruined Halloween

It was 230 years ago today in 1786 when torrential rainfall caused the Susquehanna River in eastern Pennsylvania to flood.

Reports of the time stated the river was anywhere between six and 10 feet higher than normal.

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These flood waters washed away the usual debris in addition to homes and unharvested crops like corn and pumpkins.

Large numbers of pumpkins were seen floating down the river, and people of the time dubbed it the ‘Great Pumpkin Flood.’ What they didn’t know at the time was this wouldn’t be the last ‘Pumpkin Flood.’

Watch the video to learn more.

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