National Geographic : 1939 Apr
©Adler Art Associates A MAN DROWNED HERE AS THE HURRICANE PUSHED SEA WATER SIX FEET DEEP INTO THE HEART OFPROVIDENCE People watch incredulously from the City Hall steps at the left as the wind-lashed water pours into the Mall, center ofNew England's second largest city. Automobiles are submerged to their tops in front of the Biltmore Hotel, in the center of the picture. Horns of flooded cars started blowing asthesalty water short-circuited their wiring systems. Thousands were marooned in office buildings. Ropes were thrown from second-story windows topeople caught inthesudden inundation. The water rose eight to ten feet above gutter levels at some points (pages 538 and 543).