Nonprofits have become essential tools for CT towns that generally lack the expertise to figure out and solve inland flooding issues.
The comptroller said a $5 million fund designed to cover the North End residents’ flooding costs has yet to be set up to distribute claims.
FEMA’s new flood insurance program kicks in Friday, but how the new system actually works is murky.
After the south end of Bridgeport was walloped by Irene and Sandy, city officials decided to do something about it.
Harbor Brook spilled its banks year after year until Meriden created a 14-acre park that doubles as a detention basin for water.
Shoreline resiliency against sea level rise and flooding in Connecticut is largely in the hands of local governments. But with money tight and local budgets reliant on the taxes shoreline properties generate, efforts to protect coastal communities from climate change have been slow and underfunded. Some communities, however, are making more progress than others.
Thousands of Connecticut homes have been repeatedly damaged by flooding due to storms. costing the government millions in insurance claims. The losses are now causing some to question the wisdom of policies that encourage rebuilding. They say that with climate change, those properties will grow more vulnerable and money would be better spent moving people out. So far, however, few homeowners are interested.
With so much focus on preventing shoreline flooding in storms like Irene in Sandy, some worry we are ignoring another problem: wind.
Alex Felson, a landscape architect and urban ecologist at Yale, has found an opportunity to address climate and community issues on the battered, flooded and otherwise jeopardized Connecticut shoreline.