I was 15 and worked in the tobacco fields in the Windsor area. I had to walk from my house on Rugg Brook Road every morning to the intersection of our road and Route 44 to catch a bus which took me to the work area in Windsor.
The morning after the flood I walked the mile walk to the intersection of of Rugg Brook and Route 44. I could see
that the bridge had washed away, and the highway (Route 44) was all torn up.
Later that day, I remember walking from my house to Winsted via Route 163 (the Winchester Road), which we called "the back way."
I took my little Brownie Hawkeye camera and photographed the Lake Street area ... walked over the Lake Street mess to Prospect Street. I photographed the torn up Main Street from the old train tracks area.
I was amazed by what happened in just 24 hours.