Flood Timeline: How It Unfolded

Thursday, Aug. 18
9:30 a.m. Torrential downpours cause flash flooding in Torrington; a state of partial emergency is declared.
10 p.m. The Shepaug River begins flooding Washington Depot. 
11 p.m. Steele Brook and Turkey Brook in Watertown flood their banks.
Friday, Aug. 19
12 a.m. Main Street in Winsted floods.
12:15 a.m. Thomaston floods.
12:30 a.m. The Naugatuck River in Waterbury is 3 feet below its banks.
1 a.m. Torrington and Naugatuck begin evacuating riverside homes. Gov. Abe Ribicoff mobilizes the National Guard.
1:15 a.m. Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury is partially submerged.
1:57 a.m. In Waterville, the Naugatuck River overflows its banks near the Chase factory. In Waterbury, North Riverside and Bank Streets are under 7 feet of water.
The city’s Brookview Avenue washes out.
2 a.m. Waterbury and Thomaston fire departments receive phone calls about flooded basements.
2:45 a.m. Police began evacuation of North Riverside Street in Waterbury
3: a.m. Bank Street below Meadow in Waterbury is completely submerged. Mayor Raymond Snyder declares a state of “extreme emergency”
Torrington loses power, telephone, gas and water services.
3:15 a.m. Winsted streets are under 2 feet of water, with water moving 20 mph and rapids 8 feet deep.
4 a.m. Three of Waterbury’s seven bridges are gone.
4:30 a.m. Waterbury loses power and gas.
Basements in Ansonia begin to flood.
5:30 a.m. Seymour emergency fire alarms and sirens sounded.
Rising water begins to threaten businesses on North Main Street in Naugatuck.
5:41 a.m. Air raid sirens used to mobilize Civil Defense volunteers in Waterbury.
6 a.m. In Naugatuck, the Howard Whittemore bridge is under a few inches of water.
6:10 a.m. Waterbury’s first fatality occurs when a 4-year-old girl is swept away during rescue operations on North Riverside Street. 
6:30 a.m. Residents on West Main Street and Waterville Avenue are advised to evacuate.
6:45 a.m. The Whittemore bridge in Naugatuck is under two feet of water.
6:55 a.m. Thomaston loses power.
7 a.m. Seymour begins evacuations by boat and truck. In Waterbury the Civil Defense and the Red Cross begin calling for boats to aid in rescue efforts.
8:10 a.m. Freight Street bridge in Waterbury collapses.
10:20 a.m. Ansonia loses power.
11:30 a.m. The Naugatuck River returns to its banks in Torrington.
10 p.m. The Naugatuck River returns to its banks in Waterbury.
Source: Republican-American archives
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