On March 19, 1956, Governor Ribicoff made the following statement before the United States Senate Appropriations Committee listing "what the 1955 floods cost Connecticut:"
- "91 persons dead and 12 others missing and presumed dead.
- 86,000 persons unemployed.
- More than 1,100 families left homeless.
- Another 2,300 families were at least temporarily without shelter.
- Nearly 20,000 families suffered flood damage.
- Sixty-seven of our 169 towns were affected by the floods.
- The damage to individual property, to business, to industry, and to State and municipal facilities has been estimated at almost half a billion dollars."3