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Danbury, CT Dam Break Causes Flood, Feb 1869

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FRIGHTFUL DISASTER.

BREAKING OF DAM AT DANBURY, CONN. -- HOUSES AND BRIDGES SWEPT AWAY -- TEN OR TWELVE PERSONS DROWNED.

Danbury, Conn., Monday, Feb. 1.
The most terrible disaster that has ever occurred in Danbury happened last night, destroying a number of lives and much property.
About 7 o'clock in the evening the upper Kohanza dam, which supplies the borough with water, gave way, letting down the water with such force as to carry away the lower dam also. The water of the two dams thus let loose formed as irresistable force and carried away all before it. Flint's dam, which was carried away by a flood last Summer, was again destroyed. The upper Main Street bridge was carried away; also the Balmforth Avenue and White Street bridges, while the Patch Street bridge and the one at Lacy, Hott & Co.'s shop are rendered almost impassable. Houses and small buildings were carried down stream and destroyed. Immense cakes of ice, with rocks, trees &c., were carried a great distance. A house in the north end of the town, occupied by the family of MR. A. CLARK, was carried away with the inmates -- a man, his wife and a boy -- and all were drowned. The wife and child were found in the stream, near Myrtle Avenue, and the husband was picked up near Peck's Ditch. At the latter place the body of a MISS HUMPHREY was found, and near at hand the bodies of MISS HUSTED and MR. CHARLES ANDREWS' mother was recovered. Thus far five bodies have been found, but as a number of persons are missing it is feared they have been drowned. It is supposed that twelve or fifteen lives were lost.

New York Times New York 1869-02-02



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