"the Connecticut river, which has a famous propensity to flood"

 

 

The Connecticut river is 407 miles long, flowing from the Connecticut Lakes in New Hampshire south to Long Island Sound in Connecticut. The last sixty miles of the river is tidal, and thus prone to flooding; it also carries a lot of silt, which has built up in Long Island Sound, rendering it notoriously difficult to navigate. In 1936 a major flood caused 171 deaths, destroying the homes of 430,000 people.

 

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