A dam...swollen from steady rain and melting snow...burst in Norwich, Connecticut, Wednesday night (6 March)...spilling?
A dam...swollen from steady rain and melting snow...burst in Norwich, Connecticut, Wednesday night (6 March)...spilling millions of gallons of water through the narrow streets of the East Coast city.
Six persons died and four others were missing. There was no immediate estimate of the destruction.
The Mohegan Park Dam burst with a roar...and tons of water coursed through the city of 40-thousand before washing into the Thames River. Automobiles and septic tanks pounded tounded together in the downtown business section. Huge chunks of ice crashed through plate glass windows.
Water poured into the basement of a mill. A basement boiler erupted...caving in a three-story brick wing of the mill and burying between eight and twelve night-shift workers. Four persons were rescued but one died at a hospital shortly afterward.
The City Council called an emergency session; health officials refused to allow stores to reopen with inspection; inundated downtown streets were roped off to traffic.
Meanwhile...three days of flooding form Indiana to South Carolina have taken twenty-one lives. Another eleven persons have died in a winter storm that lashed the northeast and in violent rainstorms in the South.