Floodwaters force closure of Bridgeport day care

Bright Giggles Learning Center says it will have to sanitize every surface inside and out to meet strict state standards before it can reopen.

Abby Del Vecchio and Frank Recchia

Jul 5, 2023, 4:42 PM

Updated 284 days ago

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A Bridgeport day care closed Wednesday in the wake of flooding as the owner works to repair water damage.
While most of the water has receded, evidence of the mess left behind can still be seen at Bright Giggles Learning Center on Thompson Street in the Hollow.
Video taken by owner Sheyla Castillo shows the extent of floodwater during Tuesday's downpour. Severe weather turned roads into rivers and left homes and businesses in the area drenched.
Castillo says the closure impacted about 100 families.
"It hurts because we work hard to make sure that we're here to serve the community," she said. "It might take a week or a week and a half to get this going."
Shortly after News 12 Connecticut reported the situation to city officials, crews were on site within a matter of hours cleaning out catch basins to help prevent additional flooding the next time it rains.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim visited the day care Wednesday saying the business could benefit from the millions in funding the state received to help deal with flooding.
"So, this is important, and it's the first time we've ever gotten something like this, $42 million to address the flooding issues in Bridgeport. And I'm very happy and we thank our delegation for that," Ganim said.
Bright Giggles Learning Center says it will have to sanitize every surface inside and out to meet strict state standards before it can reopen.


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