Editor’s Note: Eyewitness News will be posting more stories and remastered footage daily on our Agnes at Fifty page. Keep in mind some of the footage does not have sound due to technology restrictions in 1972.

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) – In this installment of remastered film you’ll see Wilkes-Barre in June of 1972 as the Susquehanna River filled to capacity during Tropical Storm Agnes. 

Volunteers sandbagged the banks of the river near the Luzerne County courthouse until the siren rang out prompting evacuations. 

The waters enveloped the Diamond City. Many were rescued by boat and fires burned the tops of buildings while the bottoms were flooded out. 

Eyewitness News will be posting more stories and remastered footage daily on our Agnes at Fifty page. Keep in mind some of the footage does not have sound due to technology restrictions in 1972.