WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Three days before Christmas, Waterbury has restored a giant cross that has been a symbol of the city for nearly 60 years.
The Republican-American reports that with the flip of a switch about 4,500 lights were lit up Sunday before a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators.
The cross in sight of Interstate 84 is 52 feet high, stands on a seven-foot pedestal and has a 26-foot span.
Mayor Neil O'Leary and a friend announced plans earlier this year to buy Holy Land, the 17-acre former religious theme park. A nonprofit group raised thousands of dollars for the purchase.
A cross has been on the site since 1956, with several lit from the inside. The most recent $375,000 cross replaced a smaller and unlit stainless steel cross.
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The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.