State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined state Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein late last week in announcing a major federal investment in Milford, West Haven and other communities across Connecticut for improvements to multifamily housing, infrastructure and public facilities and for planning purposes as the result of damage caused by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
“The past few years in Connecticut have taught us to rebuild smarter,” said Senator Slossberg. “Unfortunately, hurricanes and superstorms are becoming normal occurrences here in New England. These grants awarded today will help ensure that Milford and West Haven will be more prepared for the next big storm.”
Milford has been awarded $780,480 to reconstruct the retaining wall at 167 Morningside Drive. The investment protects both private residential properties and municipal infrastructure, including a pump station, state officials said. The project adds load erosion control structure to a site that does not currently have flood protection and is experiencing an ongoing erosion problem.
Gulf Beach in Milford has been awarded $503,500 for breakwater reconstruction. The planned project involves constructing approximately a 210-foot breakwater made up of stone and rubble. The breakwater will diminish wave energy even when overtopped by extreme weather conditions, officials said.
Beach Street and 1st Avenue in West Haven have been awarded $1.2 million for reconstruction. The Beach Street and First Avenue work involves raising this critical roadway linking parts of West Haven that were submersed by five feet of water during Sandy.
Last year the state was awarded $71.8 million through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) program. The CDBG-DR funding was distributed by the state DOH to help the most impacted and distressed areas recover from Sandy.
Governor Malloy also announced that the individual homeowners who have applied for funding through the CDBG-DR program are currently in the pre-construction phase.
“This funding announced today totals $31,139,954 and will help communities rebuild multifamily housing developments, make important infrastructure improvements, and restore public facilities damaged by severe storms that have ravaged our coastline in the last two years,” said Commissioner Klein. “Just as important, however, is the funding that we’ve awarded to municipalities in the planning stages. These are the critical first steps to help these communities better understand their risks and implement mitigation measures that will avoid the calamitous effects of these storms.”
For more details on the CDBG-DR program and additional information on resources available for residents, businesses and municipalities following natural disasters and other emergencies, visit the state’s official CT Recovers website at ctrecovers.ct.gov.