(NECN: Derby, Conn.) - Need evidence of the power of the flooding Housatonic River? Here's an example.
Viewer Cheyenne Marie sent us this video of an 80-foot dock being swept over the falls at Lake Housatonic in Derby. The dock was ripped from the New Haven Rowing Club in Oxford and floated downstream to the falls at Derby Dam.
The Housatonic crested at 21.6 feet, more than 10 feet above flood stage, at its gauge at Stevenson Dam earlier today, forcing evacuations of homes. Reporter Brian Burnell, on the scene at 2 p.m, says he can see the river level beginning to fall there.
The crest of 21.68 feet is the fifth-highest crest recorded on the gauge at Stevenson Dam, and the highest level the river has reached there since 1984.