It's been a week since flash flooding tore through Naugatuck, and while cleanup is well under way in the hardest hit areas, it will likely take months to complete.
One week ago, the social hall of Saint Francis of Assisi was flooded during torrential rain. The flooding lifted refrigerators into the air, ruining everything the water touched.
Several roads in town were washed away when rivers and streams overflowed, and one apartment building on Prospect Street needed to be evacuated.
Since then, the town has been trying to clean nonstop.
Most of the damaged items have been removed from the basement at St. Francis of Assisi, but the water reached nearly seven feet above the floor, evident by the water line still left on windows.
"We've already filled up three Dumpsters, and we still have several more to go," said David Dear, of Proclean Property Damage Specialists.
The floors and walls will have to be torn out, the kitchen replaced entirely, and new air conditioners and furnace installed.
Father John Kuzhikottayil said insurance will take care of most of it, and he met with the insurance company on Wednesday.
"St. Francis is a landmark here in Naugatuck and will remain a landmark," he said.
Just a street over, a torn up walkway lines Hillside Middle School.
During the intense rain workers said a storm drain overflowed, ripping the pavement to pieces. Inside, the superintendent said the first floor flooded, and the tile is getting replaced.
He said he's confident all the repairs will be done in time for school to start in three weeks.
The road in front of Shahavuddil Ahmed's home is nearly back in place. The storm left the pavement at the intersection of Andrew Avenue and Scott Street rippled from rushing water.
"Our municipal department, city department, everyone came right away," he said.
Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo said the town expects to pave roads next week and is also meeting with state officials this week about the possibility of emergency funding.
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