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Disasters in Connecticut

Dates of Disasters in Connecticut

Dates of Disasters in Connecticut

For FEMA disaster declarations see FEMA Connecticut Disaster History

The Hartford Courant has a photo gallery of Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters.

 

 

Blizzards

Blizzards

Name Place Date Sources
1798 New England Blizzard Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and New York Nov. 17-21, 1798 Natural Disasters [CSL Call Number GB 5014.N373 2001] ; Hartford Courant
1888 Blizzard Northeast U.S. March 11, 1888 Hartford Courant
1978 Blizzard Northeast U.S. Feb. 6-7, 1978 Hartford Courant
1996 Blizzard East Coast, from Carolinas northward December 1992 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters
October Snowstorm   October, 2011  
Nor'easter   December 1992 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters.

 

Construction Disasters

Construction Disasters

Name Place Date Sources
Park Central Hotel Boiler Explosion Hartford, CT February 18, 1889 "Park Central Hotel Boiler Explosion – Today in History: February 18", ConnecticutHistory.Org, http://connecticuthistory.org/park-central-hotel-boiler-explosion-today-in-history/  (accessed 2 June 2015)
Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse Hartford, CT January 18, 1978 Hartford Courant
L'Ambiance Plaza Collapse Bridgeport, CT April 23, 1987 Hartford Courant
Mianus River Bridge Collapse Greenwich, CT July 28, 1983 Hartford Courant ; New York Times

 

Fires

Fires

Name Place Date Sources
British Raid on Essex Essex, CT April 1814 "The British Raid on Essex" By Jerry Roberts for Connecticut Explored. On ConnecticutHistory.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-british-raid-on-essex/ (accessed 3 June 2015)
Colt Firearms Hartford, CT February 4, 1864  
Downtown Waterbury Fire Waterbury, CT February 2, 1902 "Waterbury Burns – Today in History: February 2" ConnecticutHistory.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/waterbury-burns-today-in-history/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
Hartford Circus Fire Hartford, CT July 6, 1944 Hartford Courant

 

Floods

Floods

Name Place Date Sources
Danbury Reservoir Dam Burst Danbury, CT January 31, 1869, approx. 7 pm "Frozen Reservoir Destroys Danbury – Today in History: January 31", ConnecticutHistory.Org, http://connecticuthistory.org/frozen-reservoir-destroys-danbury-today-in-history/ (Accessed 2 June 2015)
1936 Flood New England March 12, 1936 Hartford Courant
1955 Floods (see Hurricanes Connie & Diane) Connecticut Mid-August, 1955 Hartford Courant ; Connecticut State Archives
Norwich Dam Breaks Norwich, CT March 1963  
June, 1982   June, 1982 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters.
May, 1984   May, 1984 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters.
Tropical Storm Floyd   September, 1999 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters.

 

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Name Place Date Sources
1804 Snow Hurricane (aka Storm of October 1804) East Coast, Caribbean to Canada October 4-11, 1804 Wikipedia contributors, "1804 Snow hurricane," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1804_Snow_hurricane&oldid=658873423 (accessed May 29, 2015).
Great September Gale of 1815 Long Island, NY through New Hampshire September 23-24, 1815 Wikipedia contributors, "1815 New England hurricane," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1815_New_England_hurricane&oldid=658888168 (accessed May 29, 2015).
1938 Great New England Hurricane (aka Long Island Express)
Post-hurricane aerial photos
Northeastern U.S. September 21, 1938 Natural Disasters [CSL Call Number GB 5014.N373 2001]
Hartford Courant
1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane New England September 15, 1944 Hartford Courant
1954 Hurricane Carol New England August 31, 1954 Hartford Courant
1955 Hurricanes (Connie & Diane) North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island & Massachusetts mid-August 1955 Natural Disasters [CSL Call Number GB 5014.N373 2001]
Hartford Courant
Hurricane Gloria Connecticut September 1985  
Hurricane Bob Connecticut August 30, 1991  
Hurricane Irene East Coast including Connecticut August 28, 2011  
Storm Sandy East Coast October 2012  

 

Tornadoes

Tornadoes

Name Place Date Sources
www.tornadoproject.com      
Great Wallingford Tornado (and waterspout) Plains section of Wallingford, CT August 9, 1878 "The Great Wallingford Tornado – Today in History: August 9," ConnecticutHistory.Org, http://connecticuthistory.org/the-great-wallingford-tornado/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
Tornado of 1979 Windsor Locks October 4, 1979 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters.
July 10, 1989 Cornwall July 10, 1989 Hartford Courant, Connecticut's Declared Natural Disasters

 

Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Name Place Date Sources
Earthquakes recalled by Wangunk tribe Moodus 1570s to 1590s "The Surprising Prevalence of Earthquake Activity in Connecticut" Connecticut History.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-surprising-prevalence-of-earthquake-activity-in-connecticut/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
1663 Charlevoix earthquake

New France (now the Canadian province of Quebec). Impacted New England and other parts of North America

January 26, 1663 (Julian Calendar used in New England at the time); February 5, 1663 (Gregorian Calendar) Wikipedia contributors, "1663 Charlevoix earthquake," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1663_Charlevoix_earthquake&oldid=660487815 (accessed May 29, 2015)
Earthquake. Largest known in Connecticut History Moodus, East Haddam, CT May 16, 1791 and surrounding years "The Surprising Prevalence of Earthquake Activity in Connecticut" Connecticut History.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-surprising-prevalence-of-earthquake-activity-in-connecticut/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
Earthquake Hartford, CT April 1837 "The Surprising Prevalence of Earthquake Activity in Connecticut" Connecticut History.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-surprising-prevalence-of-earthquake-activity-in-connecticut/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
Earthquake New Haven, CT June 30, 1858, 10:45 pm
"The Surprising Prevalence of Earthquake Activity in Connecticut" Connecticut History.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-surprising-prevalence-of-earthquake-activity-in-connecticut/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
Earthquake, second largest measured in Connecticut history Hartford area, felt throughout the state November 14, 1925 "The Surprising Prevalence of Earthquake Activity in Connecticut" Connecticut History.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-surprising-prevalence-of-earthquake-activity-in-connecticut/ (accessed 2 June 2015)

 

Transportation

Transportation

Name Place Date Sources
White Mountain Express Derailment (New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad) Greenwich, CT July 16, 1908, Approx. 9:20 am  
Allegheny Airline Convair prop-jet crash Tweed-New Haven Airport June, 1971 "The White Mountain Express Derails in Greenwich, " ConnecticutHistory.Org http://connecticuthistory.org/the-white-mountain-express-derails-in-greenwich/ (accessed 2 June 2015)
Mianus River Bridge Collapse Greenwich, CT July 28, 1983 Hartford Courant ; New York Times

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