Danbury Railway Museum floods
DANBURY — The Danbury Railway Museum is closing Wednesday and Thursday after its basement was flooded with seven feet of water.
The flood damaged mechanical and electrical systems, forcing power to be turned off to the nearby Uncle Sam statue, according to the museum’s Facebook page. The heating system is being drained as damaged is assessed and repaired, the organization said.
The flood occurred on Monday, when the museum was already closed. The museum is normally closed on Tuesdays in the winter, too, according to its website.
The museum said it would keep the public updated as the first weekend of the Santa trains event approaches. At this popular program, children ride a vintage train to visit with St. Nick.
The museum thanked the mayor, Public Works, Danbury Fire Department and Mill Plain Fire Department for their quick response.
“Our Thanksgiving came a little later,” the museum said in the Facebook post .
The 1903 train station was turned into a museum in 1994 after Metro-North closed the station the year before. The museum is run by volunteers and relies on donations to preserve antique trains and other equipment.