Front page of the Hartford Courant on August 20, 1955
Part two of the newsreel begins in New Hartford, along the Farmington River where factories, roads, homes and bridges and automobiles were destroyed. In Bristol, the news crews followed along with damage assessment teams an estimated $3 1/2 damage was sustained during the flooding. Utility companies were beginning to arrive to restore electric and gas service to the community.
The Farmington River raged in Avon, washing the Avon Diner across State Route 44. Just upstream, in Unionville (pop. 5000), factories and mill buildings collapsed and more highway roads were destroyed. Reporters continue north to historic Collinsville, on the west branch of the Farmington River in the Town of Canton where the Collins Company, known for manufacturing world-class axes, hatchets and machetes was "...pulverized. Flashboards swept away. The dam was breached." A highway bridge was destroyed.
Further west, in the Naugatuck Valley, in the Town of Winsted, homes built on steep terrain of the Berkshire hills were left filled with mud when flood waters receded, an estimated $2 million damage there by the Mad River and Still River. State Route 44 was left crumbled. The National Guard was dispatched to protect the community from looting and food and medicine was delivered by military helicopters. The YMCA building somehow was left standing downtown and served as a shelter and operations center for damage assessment teams from the city, state and federal agencies.
To the south, Torrington straddles the Still River and the Naugatuck. The city sustained the highest total damage of any other community in Connecticut, at over $13 million. Downtown businesses were inundated, neighborhood homes were destroyed, factories, bridges and roads the length of the Naugatuck there were thoroughly destroyed by the torrent.
President Eisenhower responded to Connecticut, first surveying damage from the air beginning in Ansonia and up the Naugatuck Valley to Waterbury. Early estimates for that part of the state alone were set at $85 million. Traveling east, the president's airplane surveyed damage around Putnam, where the situation was particularly complicated by a massive factory fire that occurred when flood waters came into contact with magnesium.
President Eisenhower addressed the public during a press conference from Bradley Field and requested donations be made to the Red Cross for the people of Connecticut. When asked by a reporter about an estimated ten year recovery period, Governor Ribicoff pushed back with confidence that communities will be built back faster.
This second of the three films concluded with a telethon hosted by WKNB where Eddie Fisher sang "You Gotta Have Heart".