Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ansonia ceremony marks Flood of ’55 anniversary, honors ‘true Valley spirit’

From left, Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Greg Stamos and Ted Vartelas cut the cake as Ansonia commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Flood of 1955 Wednesday on the bank of the Naugatuck River at Vartelas Park on Olson Drive in Ansonia. Catherine Avalone — New Haven Register
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> It was the worst disaster Mother Nature ever dealt the Naugatuck Valley, but through “strength, courage, determination and ingenuity,” citizens rose above the raging waters of the Flood of 1955 and persevered.

Sixty years to the day after the Naugatuck River swelled to nearly 25 feet, killing four Valley residents, sweeping homes and businesses off their foundations and causing $500 million in property damage, the community gathered at Vartelas Park Wednesday to commemorate that devastating day, Aug. 19, 1955.

Attorney Greg Stamos helped Ansonia officials organize the event, which drew about 75 people, many who remembered exactly where they were when the flood came through.
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