Another storm in October 1955 led to massive investments in flood mitigation infrastructure the length of the Naugatuck River.
Headline from Naugatuck Daily News
The final portion of the 1955 WKNB film begins with the ongoing fundraising efforts focused on providing relief directly to the communities most impacted. Ultimately the telethon raised nearly a quarter million dollars.
Since the newsreel was not compiled until the following year, the editors had the benefit of time to reflect not only on the August flooding but again in October when different meteorological conditions led to similar circumstances, Most hard hit this time was southwest Connecticut where an estimated $35 million damage was suffered in addition to what had already been felt from the August flood.
The October flooding lead to even more devistation and destruction. Home, railroads, bridges and streets were washed away again. And again, recovery efforts were begun. Basements were pumped and mud cleared from roads.
Film footage from the U.S. Army Signal Corps showed genuine progress in restoration of services in the most hard hit communities.
The WKNB newsreel concludes where it began: reflecting on how much worse the 1955 flood may have been had it not been the improvements done along the Connecticut River following the 1936 Flood. Nonetheless, more systems were built along the length of the Naugatuck River, a total of six flood control dams and five local flood control projects were built by the USACE and have yet to be fully tested by nature.