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.
Connecticut is fortunate it hasn’t been hit by a tropical-style storm since the successive storms of Irene and Sandy in 2011 and 2012 swamped the coastline, illuminating its vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change. That’s because there’s a general consensus that if either of those storms were to hit now, they would be just as damaging.
The results of the first federal property buyout for victims of storm Sandy are likely to mean, among other changes, that in the next few years, one shoreline neighborhood in West Haven could all but disappear.
As the first anniversary of super storm Sandy’s run through Connecticut arrives Tuesday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that Connecticut is eligible for $65 million more in block grants to help recovery from the devastating storm.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement earlier this month that it was awarding $569 million for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy should have been great news here in Connecticut.