It's hard to believe that we're coming to the end of another decade. So as we do every time we come to the end of a milestone like this, we take a look back at some of the stories that affected all of us here in Greater Danbury.
The 2010s will certainly be remembered as a decade of newsworthy events in Greater Danbury. Below are five of the biggest stories that have impacted us over the last 10 years:
November 2016 - Brookfield Officials Break Ground on Downtown Project
Local officials and developers gathered in Brookfield to break ground on what would soon become Brookfield Village, a project that had been almost 30 years in the making.
Construction began in late 2016 just past the area of town referred to as the "Four Corners". The new Brookfield Village, which officially opened in 2017 is now a retail, commercial, and residential development designed to bring a much needed town center district to Federal Road. It even has sidewalks!
Long time Brookfield resident and town State Representative Steve Harding had this to say during the ground breaking, "We've never had an actual downtown, so this project is very exciting."
The team and their unbelievable story was even featured during Sunday Night Football's half time show.
August 2011 - Hurricane Irene Causes Massive Flooding in Danbury
The timing and forecast of this storm was right on cue. Meteorologists were calling for heavy rains and gusty hurricane force winds and that's just what happened. Danbury actually got the worst of the storm when it came to rainfall, with over 7 inches falling between late on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.
The Hurricane, which was actually downgraded to a category 1 storm by the time it hit, made its way up the coast as a category 2 storm, with winds close to 100 mph. When the storm arrived, it still packed a punch, with lots of rain and wind gusts close to 70 mph. More than 830,000 people in the state lost power, which at that time, was the worst power outage ever for a storm in Connecticut.
May 2018 - Tornadoes and Macrobursts Cause Major Damage
When you looked at the sky on Tuesday (May 15), you could definitely tell that something big was coming.
In under an hour on that humid afternoon, a total of five tornadoes and three macro-bursts devastated residents throughout Connecticut and the Hudson Valley in bordering New York.
Lives were tragically lost and property and landscapes alike were physically uprooted while many families were forced to vacate their homes. Most were without power and basic amenities for the better part of two weeks, if not longer.
Businesses were closed, money was lost, but the one shining light, however, was that in many ways, our community came together like never before.
December 2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012. 26 people, including 20 children, between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members were killed.
The incident remains the deadliest mass shooting at either a primary or secondary school in U.S. history, the second deadliest U.S. school shooting overall, and the fourth deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.