Remember When Hurricane Irene Hit Danbury Back In 2011?
It was back on August 28, 2011 that Hurricane Irene slammed into the Danbury area, turning many roads into rivers and causing serious damage to homes and businesses.
The timing and forecast of this storm was right on cue. Meteorologists were calling for heavy rains and gusty hurricane force winds, and that's just what happened. Danbury actually got the worst of the storm when it came to rainfall, with over 7 inches falling between late on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.
The Hurricane, which was actually downgraded to a category 1 storm by the time it hit, made its way up the coast as a category 2 storm, with winds close to 100 mph. When the storm arrived, it still packed a punch, with lots of rain and wind gusts close to 70 mph. More than 830,000 people in the state lost power, which at that time, was the worst power outage ever for a storm in Connecticut.
As you'll see in the videos below, streets like Route 6, Federal Road, Kenosia Ave. and Backus Ave. were all under water. Check out the people who took the opportunity to kayak through the flood:
Here's a video that gives you a "before and after" look at the storm:
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