July 2019 Flood

On July 11, 2019, a torrential rain storm hit Canaan at 8:15 PM. More than 6 inches of rain came down in less than 2 hours. Streams overflowed, flat roads had many inches of standing water and roadside ditches washed out taking more than half of the driving lanes of the dirt roads downstream.

A total of 29 town roads were damaged. A total of 13 miles of the 35 miles of road experienced severe damage. Several roads were impassable. In addition, there was damage to several town facilities including the transfer station Road bridge.

In all there was about $400,000 in damages to roads and facilities. The Town is expected to take at least two months to complete repairs. Canaan is waiting on a storm declaration so that we can be reimbursed by FEMA for part of the cost.

jbroken pavvement
man waist deep in damaged ditch
road gulley
aerial of track damage
water rushing over bridge
work crew
ditch damage
ditch damage
downtown flooded
flooded roadway
flood waters
jammed logs
log jam
log jam
log jam
backhoe repairing bridge
road damage
road damage
river scour
hole in gravel road
repair to water main in parking lot
ditch damage

October 30, 2017

Significant damage occurred as a result of the October 30, 2017 flood.

The damage affected roads...

damaged road
road washing away near bridge
washed out corner

bridges and culverts...
bridge abutments
debris by bridge
failing guardrail
high water under bridge
repair near culvert

sandbagged building
water level near pizza place
ruined dugout
water level on depot street
water level downtown
water level downtown

Williams Field and the Rail Trail....
water level at Williams Field
water level at Williams Field
water level at Williams Field
water near Rail Trail System

sewer pump station...
water operator working on pump for water and sewer system

water treatment plant....
blown down trees on fence
blown down trees on fence

and caused new dams that threaten us on Orange Brook.
trees damming water
trees torn out by surging water
log jam of trees

Special thanks to the 25 people who responded to an appeal on Facebook for volunteers to sandbag Village businesses.
volunteers setting sandbags
line of sandbags

Also thank you to the 30 Cardigan students and faculty that picked up the sandbags on the evening of the 30th.
students helping with sandbags


March 17, 2011

tree debris caused by flood
ice dam under bridge


"Mother's Day Flood"
May 14, 2006

flooding up to hardware store steps
flooding over common flooding over common
flooding on depot street flooding from common to williams field


"The Great Flood" March 1, 1896

historic photo of men in boat in floodwaters downtown