Some of the greatest and most costly damage was done to a New York Central Railroad culvert that passed over Arendt's Kill. This kill was normally a quiet creek but the sudden rainfall changed it into a rushing river. As the rain fell, the water of the Arendt's Kill continually rose until it reached the tracks. A freight train passed over the tracks just before the torrential water and debris crashed against the culvert and undermined the footings. The rocks and supports of the culvert were swept several hundred feet away leaving the train tracks to dangle with nothing supporting them.
All other bridges that crossed the Arendt's Kill were destroyed, as well as several other bridges and culverts in Glenville. Crops and farmland were also heavily hit by the storm and about $150,000 worth of oats, corn and other crops were destroyed. The storm only lasted a half hour, but caused lasting damage. The fields were swampy and crops were washed away, stones from culverts and bridges were washed hundreds of feet downstream, and there was a new channel cut through the riverside farm of a nearby farmer. Rail traffic didn't completely stop either and passenger trains would stop well before the damaged culvert and let their passengers out. The passengers would then climb down into the creek and cross over wooden boards where another train would pick them up on the other side.
|Photo of the work crew building a temporary bridge over the kill. This photo shows the pile driver from Poughkeepsie as well as some young children under the bridge. Courtesy of the Grems-Doolittle Library Photo Collection.|
|Image from the August 4, 1986 issue of the Daily Gazette showing the damage of the 1986 flood. Courtesy of the Grems-Doolittle Library.|