The Post Office in Montpelier, Vermont, before, during and after the Flood of 1927
Vermont’s Flood of 1927 destroyed 1,285 bridges, miles of roadway and railroads, and killed 84 people, including the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Hollister Jackson. His car stalled when it lurched into a hole scoured out by a rising brook near his home. A witness saw Jackson’s hat and glasses knocked off, and he seemed dazed. He got out of the car and began walking toward his home. Rushing water carried him away. Below, a photo of his abandoned automobile. His body was found the following day, a mile downstream.