Norwich honors tree used to escape flood

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NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The city of Norwich is honoring a tree that played a role in saving lives during a 1963 flood.

Three small children were lifted into the tree on Franklin Street to avoid drowning after the car they were in overturned in the floodwaters. Two adults also climbed the tree to survive, but the children’s mother was among six people to die in the flood.

The Norwich Historical Society last year got the state to declare the maple a “Connecticut Notable Tree” and on Thursday held a ceremony in City Hall, opening a display case that includes a limb from the tree.

The Day of New London reports Shawn and Jim Moody and Tony Orsini, who help lift the brothers into that tree, all attended the ceremony.

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Information from: The Day

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