Federal Money and Flood Mitigation

On January 22, 2016, Connecticut announced that it will receive a $54.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve shoreline infrastructure and increase resiliency for future weather events.

Out of that, New Haven and Fairfield County will share about $18.5 million for flood planning, especially for what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said are some of the most vulnerable portions of the state during storm Sandy in 2012 and Irene in 2011 at the lower end of Long Island Sound, beginning in New Haven and ending in Greenwich.

An estimated $35.7 million will go to Bridgeport to help elevate University Avenue and create a berm to help prevent the area from flooding, along with other improvements.

Similarly, Norwalk is using some of the Federal funding earmarked for the rebuilding of Washington Village in order to raise the roadways around Raymond and Day Streets to prevent flooding.

So, why is the state spending millions in federal money to LOWER East Avenue in our part of town?