jman111 wrote:I lived on the corner of Park and Spring in the early 90's (before the "underpass" was redone). Similar flooding was fairly common, even then.
I also wonder how many pix are out there of trucks getting stuck under those tracks (low clearance). The one incident I witnessed "live" was a produce truck that lost nearly its entire load. The box of the truck was ripped right off the frame. Good times were had by us college brats watchin' that fiasco. At least the response time by Schmidt's towing was negligible, given the ~200 ft travel necessary.
Often a truck would get a bit wedged in, they would deflate the tires to get it out. So the story went.
A good friend of mine grew up on the south side of Dayton St, one or two houses east of Park St (“last WASP family before the Bush” his Greenbush neighbors used to say). His family lived there from the late 40s until 1961 when the University “just had to have their house”, and his parents were forced to sell under eminent domain. The house was promptly torn down, and the lot sat empty until the last couple of years when the University finally built something there. He is still irked about that.
I showed him the flood photo, on the off chance that he and his sister were the kids in the photo wearing swim suits (they were not). He said that the flooding depicted in the photo happened quite frequently when he lived there. He also remembered many trucks getting stuck there in the 50s. He said the signage was even worse then, and no warning about the low clearance was given before it was too late. Unless the truck driver was familiar with the route, he wouldn’t really know he was in trouble until he was approaching the bridge, read the clearance sign on the bridge, and then had to attempt to stop before hitting the bridge.
He still recalled one truck with an aluminum box that lost the first two feet off the top of the box because the driver couldn’t stop in time. It was sheared off like a can opener. He said the most memorable time was when the flatbed truck loaded with cages of chickens attempted to go under the bridge, and failed. They were chasing chickens around the neighborhood for hours.