Waterbury, CT Flood, Feb 1896

Damage at Waterbury.

Waterbury, Conn., Feb. 7. The worst storm that has been known here for 25 years swept over this section of the state, inundating many of the principal streets of the city, flooding business houses, washing out roadways and causing a damage of from $10,000 to $50,000.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 7 Feb 1896


Destruction Around Waterbury.

Waterbury, Conn., Feb. 7. --Reports to-day of damage done by yesterday's storm indicate the greatest losses by surface water since the freshets of 1875. Last night the city was divided by lakes, entirely covering the green and filling Exchange place to a depth of from one to three feet. The water poured into the center from the hill sides and caused thousands of dollars' damage. It will take $10,000 to repair the damage to the streets of the city and town. The new iron bridge on the Watertown road was swept away and another bridge across the stream in Union City lost its underpinning. The loss to merchants of the city will be $10,000 on stocks in cellars flooded. Turner's iron bridge, 200 feet long, over Naugatuck river at Simonsville, was swept away with a tremendous crash. A party went last night to rescue John W. Crawson's family, living in a house on Brown's meadows, which are flooded several feet deep. Late last night the section around the Naugatuck baseball field became submerged. Men carried women on their shoulders from the houses in the flooded district.

Middletown Daily Argus, Middletown, NY 7 Feb 1896