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Norwalk gets $5.2M in grants for storm resiliency work

A Norwalk pedestrian crosses the intersection of Day and Burritt streets on Oct. 29, 2012, in flood waters brought by Superstorm Sandy.

A Norwalk pedestrian crosses the intersection of Day and Burritt streets on Oct. 29, 2012, in flood waters brought by Superstorm Sandy.

Updated 2:45 p.m. with comment from state Rep. Chris Perone.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk will get $5.6 million in federal grant money for a pair of projects slated to help ensure damage from any future Sandy-like storms will be minimized.

The grants are part of a $30 million package for Connecticut announced Monday by Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne Klein.

“The damaging effects of storms along Connecticut’s shoreline are just a reality these communities must face,” Malloy said. “With these grants, however, we can assist these municipalities and their cleanup efforts from the devastation of one of the most severe storms in Connecticut’s history, and help them to establish resiliency plans so they can be better prepared in the years ahead.”

The primary goal in allocating funding for the rehabilitation and resiliency of infrastructure is to restore a suitable living environment in disaster impacted communities by rehabilitating or reconstructing existing infrastructure and adding resiliency to minimize damage from future storm events, according to the governor’s press release.

Norwalk grants are earmarked for:

  • Washington Village Redevelopment — $3,000,000: The reconstruction and raising of portions of Raymond and Day streets above the 100-year-flood elevation will allow safe access for emergency vehicles and an evacuation route for residents during floods. The project will improve resiliency against future flooding in the area.
  • Stroffolino Bridge Resiliency — $2,625,000: The project will improve the resiliency and operation of the Stroffolino Bridge over Norwalk Harbor during extreme weather events. Waterproofing the gate house floors and raising existing sea walls will minimize overtopping by incoming tides during storm tidal surges. In addition, submersible electrical junction boxes, pit lights, and electrical boxes will be installed and limit switches will be relocated.

“As important as it is to rebuild after a storm as devastating as Sandy, it is also critically important that we rebuild smarter and upgrade our existing infrastructure to increase weather resiliency,” said state Rep. Chris Perone (D-137). “This grant will allow us to take the necessary steps to ensure that our community is prepared to weather future storms.”

Other municipalities receiving grants include Bridgeport, New Haven, Milford, East Haven, Fairfield, New London, Stamford, Stratford and West Haven. Bridgeport got just over $6M. Norwalk and Fairfield received the second highest amounts at just over $5M.

One comment

Scott December 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Norwalk isn’t getting anything. Washington Village is a housing project that has nothing to do with the rest of the public and the Strofolino bridge belongs to the state on a state route. To top it off I don’t believe Sandy’s record storm surge came anywhere even close to the level of the gate house. So let’s not slap Norwalk on this money to make people think we’re getting something good.

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