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The Great Flood of August 19 th 1955. A Case Study:. Jessica Pain & Chelsey Rohm. Floods. Is on overflow of an expanse of water that submerges land. (A Wikipedia Definition) . Thousands of floods occur each year, at marginally different scales. Many to all cause damages of some sort

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  • Is on overflow of an expanse of water that submerges land. (A Wikipedia Definition).
  • Thousands of floods occur each year, at marginally different scales.
  • Many to all cause damages of some sort
  • Floods occur all throughout the United States.
  • There are different types of floods
    • Coastal, caused by sever sea storms or by another hazard, including storm surges
    • Riverine have fast and slow kinds, and caused by rainfall, both sudden and slow buildups of water level and saturation.
what happened
What Happened
  • Connecticut was declared to be “the hardest hit victim of the worst flood in the history of the eastern United States” (Nov. 3, 1955 Connecticut Flood Recovery Committee).
  • Two hurricanes, Connie and Diane dropped a total of up to 20 inches of rain over the course of 6 days
  • The most damages occurred along the Mad and Still Rivers in Winsted, the Naugatuck, the Farmington, and the Quinebaug in the Putnam-Killingly region.
  • Many flood victims had only minutes to evacuate their homes, some being woken up and told they had to leave now.


hurricane connie
Hurricane Connie
  • Started off as a tropical wave, progressed into a tropical storm, and then became a Category 4 hurricane, with winds reaching up to 145 mph.
  • Formed August 3rd, 1955 and dissipated August 15th, 1955.
  • Alone, would not have

caused much damage.

  • It was followed by

Hurricane Diane.

hurricane diane
Hurricane Diane
  • Formed August 7th, 1955, and dissipated August 20th, 1955, came to the coast as a category 3 hurricane with winds reaching up to 120 mph,
  • Became a major hurricane on the 12th
  • Was so devastating because of the rain that Connie had dumped on Connecticut only 5 days earlier
what the 1955 floods cost connecticut according to governor ribicoff
what the 1955 floods cost Connecticut according to Governor Ribicoff:
  • 91 persons dead and 12 others missing and presumed dead.
  • 86,000 persons unemployed.
  • More than 1,100 families left homeless.
  • Another 2,300 families were at least temporarily without shelter.
  • Nearly 20,000 families suffered flood damage.
  • Sixty-seven of 169 towns were affected by the floods.
  • The damage to individual property, to business, to industry, and to State and municipal facilities has been estimated at almost half a billion dollars. (That’s $4,043,998,764.04 in 2010 money with an annual inflation of 3.87%)
woodland wa 98674
Woodland, WA 98674
  • Woodland has suffered from many floods

since it was founded in 1906.

  • In 1996, Woodland and the Cowlitz County was declared as a National Emergancy, as flooding had breached the dike that had been built to prevent flooding.
  • There have been many other floods in Woodland, most well know might be the floods that devestated the HuldaKleger lilac gardens, which is now a historical site.
works cited
Works Cited

The Connecticut Floods of 1955: A Fifty-Year Perspective, Connecticut Library, http://www.cslib.org/flood1955.htm

Hurricane History (Section Hurricanes Connie and Diane 1955), National Hurricane Center, Multiple Authors, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/history.shtml#connie

$ Dollar Times, HB Brothers http://www.dollartimes.com/calculators/inflation.htm