• Short Summary

    New York - suffering from its worst winter in history - was stricken Feb 3 by a 28-hour blizzard that by the next day had deposited 17.4 inches of snow on the city and caused an estimated 100 deaths.

  • Description

    New York - suffering from its worst winter in history - was stricken Feb 3 by a 28-hour blizzard that by the next day had deposited 17.4 inches of snow on the city and caused an estimated 100 deaths. It was the heaviest fall since a record 26.4 inches on December 26, 1947.

    Gale-force winds rose in some areas to 75 miles-per-hour and thousands of cars and buses were buried so completely that their location was only indicated by slight mounds in the snow. Drifts were 30 feet high in many places. Every form of public transport was out of action or cancelled.

    In a television broadcast, Mayor Wagner of New York declared a state of emergency and pleaded for volunteers to augment 1200 sanitation department workers who had been clearing the streets with some 2500 machines.

    He also ordered all private traffic off the streets - the first time in history that this had happened.

    Electricity failed in the suburbs. Idlewild and La Guardia airports cancelled their 800 daily flights, and the Pennsylvania Railroad stopped its Northbound trains at Washington or Philadelphia. Many small ships in New York harbour were icebound.

    There was a lighter side however for many in Central Park where ski practice was in full swing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9WOYAEA791753WCBN7VU0IFN5
    Media URN:
    VLVA9WOYAEA791753WCBN7VU0IFN5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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