Robert Greeley (interview)

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1 microcassette (60 minute stock)

Abstract

Robert Greeley recalls his experience of the Danbury floods of 1955.

Date

ca.1990s

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Interviewer

unknown

Interviewee

Greeley, Robert

Duration

11 minutes

Time Summary

0-10 mins:
Memories of the Flood; worked nights at the Barden Corporation on East Franklin St in Downtown Danbury; lived in Beaver Brook area; weird to wake to see what was happening; one bridge had collapsed; he was 25 at time of the flood; Fire Department responsibilities; close the roads; pump out water from basements; Length of Flood; lasted 2; 3 days; Recovery of Danbury; took about 2; 3 weeks for most businesses to recover; took Barden longer as they had just recovered from the Flood in August when the Flood in October hit; Danbury life during the 1950s; not many industries in area; most of the hatting factories were gone; National Guard; help get people to higher ground; Economy of Danbury; Flood set city back, but recovered; The U.S. Navy helped out Barden; After the Flood; roads needed to be repaired; everybody worked together; Family; wasn't married, but parents were effected by it; Water height; about 20 feet in some areas; Other areas; Norwalk got hit by the flood; Naugatuck/ Winsted area hit harder than Danbury

Citation

Greeley, Robert. “Robert Greeley (interview).” Herb Janick Papers, MS012. WCSU Archives, 1 Aug. 2019. Accessed on the Web: 18 Sep. 2019.

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