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Derby: Bridge Out

I was just eight years old but I recall the flood very clearly. My family lived on Derby Avenue in Derby and watched the Naugatuck River rise.

The waters carried 275-gallon oil tanks, which local firemen attempted to pull out of the water with grappling hooks.

Debris and one large roof struck the bridge which joined 'east' and 'west' Derby. The bridge was closed at approximately 11 a.m. that Saturday and my Dad was the last person over it, as he was following a tractor-trailer truck.

The bridge has since been rebuilt and moved toward the area formerly known as 'McCarthy's Corner'.

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