The Flood of 1955 - Photographs from the Museum's Collection
Water Everywhere - At its highest level, the river was 10' above the road.
Catastrophic Damage - 70 homes were lost, 100 were damaged. Everywhere you looked the ground was covered in 2' of mud and stacks of debris.
The Victims - Lives were lost, hundreds more were impacted by the total destruction the flood left behind.
For more of the heroic story of Officer Yodkins and Joseph Morin, a young college student, who also lost his life in that fatal rescue attempt read "Remembering the Heroes of the '55 Flood" which appeared in the August 20, 1995 issue of the Hartford Courant. The Morin-Yodkins Memorial Park on the south side of Farmington Avenue was created in their honor.
First Person Accounts:
- Patty LeBouthillier, President, Unionville Museum Board - "Memories and Recollections of the Flood of 1955 Farmington and Unionville, Connecticut". At the time of the Flood Patty and her family lived on the corner of South Main Street & Railroad Avenue. Her family's home was heavily damaged in the Flood and eventually had to be demolished.
- John McManama - "Flood of '55 Farmington Avenue and Union School". At the time of the flood John McManama was the Principal of Union School. He and his family lived on Farmington Avenue across from what is now the Morin-Yodkins Memorial Park. His home was heavily damaged but salvageable.