Stamford community ravaged by Ida's deluge wonder if help will arrive

Frisbie Street isn't near any streams or ponds, but last Wednesday night, water poured into homes on the east side.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2021, 9:35 PM

Updated 993 days ago


People on one Stamford street describe the continuous cleanup effort and the projected repair costs as overwhelming following flooding brought by the remnants of Ida.
Frisbie Street isn't near any streams or ponds, but last Wednesday night, water poured into homes on the east side.
"It was just a swimming pool, and everything had to be ripped off," says Nicole Bruck, who just bought her home a few months ago. Now, the first floor's been wiped out.
"I don't have an oven, I don't have a fridge, I don't have a sink," she says. "The costs inside are in the tens of thousands."
There are also the things Bruck can't replace.
"My mother died from cancer when I was 12 and so these were letters I had, they got wet," she says showing the letters. "But I'll save them. I'll save what I have because at least it's a bit of her handwriting."
Next door, emotions are running high too.
"Grown man crying. I'll never see the pictures of my kids again when they're little. I'll never have them," cries Gary Pellini, whose house has been condemned. But it's the loss of personal mementos that's most difficult.
"This is my father's. You know, he had a full naval burial, and they gave me the flag," Pellini says while showing the flag. "It was on the table in the case and everything, soaked, the case was soaked, it just killed me."
Pellini says he didn't know flooding like this was even possible in his neighborhood.
"I'm living in Glenbrook. This is a no flood zone," he says.
"The city has not put drains in this road. Apparently, it also happened in 2007, and we need to have drains here. We're the lowest part of the neighborhood. All the water flows down here," Bruck says.
"What am I supposed to do? Furnish this again? Now Hurricane Larry's coming. What if it happens again?" Pellini asks.
As the questions mount, one is at the forefront: Will the city offer any help?
News 12 Connecticut reached out to the city to see what help, if any, is being offered.
In a statement, the city responded, "Mayor David Martin issued an emergency declaration that enabled immediate response from all City emergency and operations personnel to resident’s urgent calls for assistance. Mayor Martin is currently petitioning the state and fighting for an official Federal Emergency Management Agency declaration so that qualifying residents can receive the financial assistance necessary to aid in the recovery of damages caused by the extensive rainfall/flooding that occurred. This incident has not yet been approved for FEMA assistance. If the FEMA application is granted, assistance will be provided as per FEMA’s regulations and requirements."
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