City gets $2.5 million to make Milford more storm-proof
The City of Milford will receive close to $2.5 million in grant funds from the Department of Housing's Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program for storm resiliency and restoration projects.
“Milford's shoreline is one of our most important resources but is also one of our greatest vulnerabilities,” Mayor Ben Blake said in a press release issued Monday. “These grant funds will harden our coastline and assist with our resiliency efforts. Milford is grateful to the governor and the Department of Housing for this important investment into the future of our community.
The funds will be allocated toward four projects:
Milford Point Road Drainage Improvements
This project will raise the height of a section of Milford Point Road between 1.5 and 2 feet above the high tide elevation, as well as increase drainage along the Cedar / Laurel Beach areas of Milford Point Road. This redesign and reconstruction will allow vehicles, pedestrians, and emergency responders clear access on a daily basis, city officials said.
Bayview Beach Area Drainage Improvements
This project will redesign the Bayview Beach area drainage system to address roadway ponding and flooding when storm events occur and during high tide when tide gates are closed. Officials said the flooding prevents the public from accessing the beaches at high tide and it impedes first responders from conducting standard emergency calls.
Calf Pen Meadow and Beachland Drainage Improvements and Mitigation
This project will raise the road height of portions of Beachland Avenue between 1.5 and 2 feet above the high tide elevation and install and design a self-regualting tide gate. This redesign and reconstruction will allow vehicles, pedestrians, and emergency responders clear access on a daily basis.
Generator Project-Emergency Shelter
A new 200KW natural gas generator for use at the emergency shelter, at Jonathan Law High School, will generate 100% of the power necessary to conduct full shelter operations.