As sea levels rise, so do long-term flooding fears in CT shoreline

Sen. Chris Murphy met with shoreline leaders about how to protect neighborhoods from floodwaters. He said in a tweet that “FEMA needs to put more money into prevention instead of just cleanup.”

News 12 Staff

Apr 1, 2021, 7:14 PM

Updated 1,149 days ago


Living along the water in Stratford has its benefits, but a big downside is flooding – and as sea levels rise, fear is growing of its long-term effects.
Sen. Chris Murphy met with leaders in shoreline communities Thursday to discuss ways to protect neighborhoods from floodwaters.
As the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Murphy oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency budget.
"My goal is to turn FEMA into an agency that puts out money for prevention of storm damage, rather than just cleaning up after the fact,” he said.
Mayor Laura Hoydick (R-Stratford) says her priority is protecting the town's wastewater treatment center. To protect the plant, Stratford is raising the land around it.
"All of our engineering projects, all of our sewer lines and pump stations that we have to raise to FEMA level – those are all expensive,” she says. “We're either borrowing the money to do it or we're getting a grant."
President Joe Biden's new $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan includes money for coastal resiliency projects. But help from Washington comes with red tape. Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson told News 12 that it “take years and years to get that done.”
“A lot of frustration on the part of the homeowners…They're looking to move on,” he says.
Lee Forsyth, of Stratford, knows that frustration all too well. His neighbors raised their house, but FEMA turned down his application. He says he is staying in Stratford, despite the setback.
“I'll sit in my office and look out the window and I'm looking at the sound – where else are you going to get that?” he asked.

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