By Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - A “lifesaving” tree has been recognized in Norwich.

Thomas Moody, a survivor of a devastating March 1963 flood in the city, says he and his two brothers, along with their father and a neighbor, spent hours clinging to the limbs of the Franklin Street tree after the Spaulding Pond Dam burst.

The Day of New London ( ) reports a dedication ceremony was held on Saturday after the Norwich Historical Society raised money for a permanent granite marker near where the tree still stands.

Moody’s mother was swept away by the floodwaters while helping lift her children to safety in the tree. The marker includes a small photo of Honey Moody, who was among six people killed in the disaster.

The state declared the maple a “Connecticut Notable Tree” last month.

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