They say time heals all wounds. In this case, it may have erased a Danbury, CT disaster.
This incident happened so long ago, it's not something most locals ever heard about, not the ones we asked.
Each Tuesday morning on our sister station, we bring in our friend and special guest Mike Allen for a segment called: "The Place You Live." Mike is the former News Director at I-95 and he's been a trusted information source for many years in our local area.
Allen goes out into our communities digging for a tale, and always comes back with something that we've never heard or can't believe. In "The Place You Live" segment that aired on August 31, 2021, Mike told us about the terrifying Danbury Flood of 1869 that was the result of a dam failure.
The Danbury Flood of 1869 is a Local Disaster Lost to Time
Most everyone in Danbury knows about, or has heard of the catastrophic Hat City flood of 1955 where 87 people died. On the other hand, most people we've talked to don't know about the history of the flood of 1869. In "The Place You Live" segment that aired on August 31, 2021, I-95's former News Director Mike Allen shared his research on the failure of the Upper Kohanza dam in Danbury and what it meant for the people in Downtown Danbury that day.
The biggest eye opener from our researcher was who knew the story of the 1869 flood, Mike Allen said: "The thing that amazes me is how many people live in this city who have no idea this ever happened."
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