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Disasters in Connecticut


Flood - General

Some possible search strategies

  • Specific events (ex. Hurricane Diane)
  • Floods -- Connecticut
  • Flood control

For floods related to the Hurricane of 1938, see Hurricanes.

Seawall - see also bermrevetment breakwater

Newspapers, news media

Newspapers and news shows will cover events as they happen, and may also do retrospective pieces for significant anniversaries.


Government Publications

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Always search our resources too.

Links will take you to the Primo Discovery Tool record if in our collection. The Primo record will usually provide information to help your research (author, organizations, linked subject terms, etc.). The record may include link to online document.


Federal Publications

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USGS)

 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Library of Congress (LOC)


Books, Pamphlets, etc.

These are only a few examples of the resources available.

Always search our resources too.


  • "Connecticut River flood crest at Hartford to reach 28 feet, 10.5 inches occurred on May 1, 1854. The record crest followed 66 hours of incessant rain over all of Connecticut and other parts of southern New England."  page 107 Formica, Ronald J., and Victoria. Chase. Famous First Facts about the Environment. New York: H.W. Wilson, 2002. Stacks   GE105 .F36 2002



Also look at hurricanes for flooding.


1982 June Floods

From: Realizing the Risk (1983):

page iii "On the weekend of June 5-6, 1982, Connecticut suffered its worst flooding since 1955. Heavy rainfall and flooding were widespread throughout the State, but were most severe in south central Connecticut where up to 16 inches of rain fell in about 48 hours, with most rainfall occurring during a 24 hour period. Floods and flashfloods occurred on most of the small and medium size streams. New peak flows were established for many streams and flood frequency recurrence intervals of 200 years and greater were common in small basins. Large rivers, such as the Connecticut and Housatonic, experienced only minor flooding."

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