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The Flood of 1955  

From Danbury, Northern Fairfield County Flood of 1955 Pictures. A pictorial review of the disaster of October 15-16, 1955. Pictures were taken by Robert J. Donovan, Fred Pauli, Clarence Korker and Frank K. Collins.

October 15th and 16th, like August 19th, 1955, arrived and became history as any other days, but they will go down in the history of Danbury, Conn., and surrounding communities, and remain forever in the memories of those who witnessed these tragic floods.

The disasters left this town of some 35,000 people with millions of dollars in damage as the waters of ironically named "Still" River bashed their way through homes, factories, stores, offices, and heaved up roads and bridges.

In Addition to communities along the Still River, the flood of October, 1955 was also devastating to the local communities along the Norwalk and Saugatuck River. Millions of dollars and several lives were lost as a result of the estimated 12.58 to 13.88 inches of rain (reports on the amount of rain varied greatly) that fell between Friday Oct. 14 and Sunday Oct. 16th, 1955.

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The Branchville Train Station.

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A landslide across the Norwalk-Danbury railroad track.

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The Blue Feather Inn, Route 7, Branchville

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Norwalk River bridge over Route 7, Georgetown (this is the bridge by Bob Sharp Motors and Deluca Plaza).

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Overpass at Georgetown washed out. This car never made the ditch.

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Intersection of Routes 7 and 102.

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Route 7 South in Branchville.

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Gilbert and Bennett Company dam that broke and caused destruction in Georgetown.

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Main St. Georgetown (The gentleman in the white hat looking to his right is my grandfather. He was an electrician at the time and was surveying damage caused by the flood).

Rt. 102 looking down toward Rt. 7

Ivy Hill Bridge

Army Lands on Merritt Parkway.

Read all about the Flood of 1955 here

Redding and Easton
by Daniel Cruson
*Great Photos of Early Redding and Georgetown


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