WILMINGTON AND WESTERN
FLOOD DAMAGE
On Monday, September 15, 2003, heavy rains caused the Red Clay Creek to overflow its banks,
destroying much of the Wilmington and Western Railroad, a tourist line jsut west of Wilmington,
Delaware.  The raging waters destroyed four trestles, washed out ballast, and displaced track.   Four
years ago, the railroad was rebuilt at a cost of $2.5 million after the floods from Hurricane Floyd.  Most
observers agree that damage from this recent flood is worse. These photos were taken on Friday,
September 19.
The steel truss bridge near Ashland caught a lot of debris but was left structurally
intact.
The ballast was washed out beneath this section of track near the Barley Mill Road
crossing.  Many of the ties were newly replaced just a few years before after Hurricane
Floyd.
Here the trestle was washed out, leaving only the rails and ties hanging over the creek.  
Just a few hundred feet upstream, a covered bridge was wiped out, leaving 18 homes
stranded.
This roller coaster was once a straight track crossing the Red Clay Creek on a trestle.  
In this case, a few trestle bents remained in place.  In this shot, the creek runs from left
to right.  In the background the track runs through a deep cut in solid rock, opening out
to the trestle in the previous picture.
Here the track has been pushed away from its roadbed by the rushing waters.  The red
patch of clay is the former roadbed.  The location is just north of the Route 48 grade
crossing.
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