Bridgeport, Conn., Getting $10M to Help Protect City Against Coastal Flooding

June 17, 2014

Connecticut’s largest city is getting $10 million from the federal government to help protect it against another superstorm like Sandy in 2012.

Bridgeport, Conn., officials told the Connecticut Post that the money will be used to engineer strategies to protect the city’s South End and Black Rock Harbor from future coastal flooding. Superstorm Sandy inundated the lower-income South End and filled many basements with 5 feet of water.

The $10 million for planning is coming in a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bridgeport officials have been considering a seawall and berm at Seaside Park and studying the potential effect of a floodgate across Black Rock Harbor.

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