I was in a theater in Osaka, Japan, when they showed a newsreel of the 1955 flood. I was surprised to see the bridge in Unionville and the Round Hill Service Station owned by my neighbor, Ernest Holcomb, inundated!
The newsreel was the first that I knew of the flood. At the time I was a photo officer with the 67th Recon Technical Squadron stationed at Itami Air Force Base outside of Osaka. I returned home shortly thereafter in early October 1955.
A good friend and town citizen, Charlie Yodkins lost his life trying to rescue others. A similar flood in 1938 took out the bridge in Unionville.