Flood of 1955 devastation in Bristol Connecticut

Former Bristol Historical Society President Tom Dickau will present his popular program “Connecticut’s Black Friday: Flood of ’55” on March 24 at the Pequabuck River Watershed Association’s annual meeting.

The Flood of 1955 was one of the worst floods in Connecticut’s history. Two back-to-back hurricanes saturated the land and several river valleys in the state, causing severe flooding.

Police forces, volunteer firefighters, Connecticut National Guard members, the Coast Guard and average citizens worked together to rescue people from their homes and other buildings where they became stranded.

At 1 a.m. August 19, as the water began rising over the banks of several rivers, Gov. Abraham Ribicoff mobilized the National Guard. More than 25 helicopters—from the U.S. Navy and local companies like Sikorsky—were used to rescue hundreds of people from rooftops and tree branches where they clung to life.

The floods prompted the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build $70 million worth of dams and flood walls along several Connecticut Rivers. In 1960, they built the Thomaston Dam. In 1965, the Northfield Brook Dam, and in 1969, the Colebrook Dam

After the presentation, attendees will be invited to a complimentary tour of the Barnes Nature Center’s amphibian room.

And, of course, you can learn about what’s happening with the Pequabuck River Watershed Association! Hope to see you there.

If you go:

March 24th at the Barnes Nature Center on Shrub Rd. in Bristol.

For more information visit there website here.

You can also e-mail them at: pequabuckriverct@gmail.com

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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