Cause of Darien flooding leads to finger pointing

More than two weeks after floodwaters devastated many Darien businesses and homes, residents on Holmes Avenue are still fighting for answers as to why the flooding occurred in the first place.

Residents of Holmes Avenue say a clogged storm drain nearby is to blame. They say they have been calling Town Hall and the Department of Transportation to try to fix the problem, but to no avail. ?We've been complaining to the town about the pipe, and been complaining to the neighbor because they put that debris in that pipe, nobody did anything,? says resident Catherine Doran.

Doran says she wants to know whose responsibility it is to fix the problem. She says the storm drain is DOT property, but DOT blames the town for making the problem worse.

Darien?s First Selectwoman Evonne Klein says the drains were built before much of the current development sprung up around them. She says the DOT therefore feels it?s the town responsibility to enlarge them.

Klein says the town is pitching in to fix the drains along Heights Road, which was also devastated by flooding weeks ago.

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