Town gets millions for flood projects

Fairfield will receive more than $5 million from the state as part of a $30 million disbursement for infrastructure improvements and restoration to municipalities heavily affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“The damaging effects of storms along Connecticut’s shoreline are just a reality these communities must face,” Governor Malloy said last week in announcing the awards with state Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne Klein.

“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 grants included the following funds designated for Fairfield:

• Penfield Beach resiliency improvements — 225,000:

This project will improve the timber bulkhead in the Penfield Beach area, allowing the Fairfield Beach Road Neighborhood to withstand severe coastal storms.

• Wastewater treatment plant resiliency — $2,316,000:

The funds will be used to build an earthen berm and storm water pump station to protect the wastewater treatment plant and other critical facilities from future floods, thereby guarding  against sanitary system overflows.

• Water pollution control micro-grid — $2,500,000:

A new cogeneration unit will provide heat and electricity to the facility during normal operation and in the case of a grid outage. The unit will be fueled by biogas currently produced by the wastewater treatment facility.

The governor said the funds come from a federal grant of $66 million to the state’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program, established to assist the  areas most heavily damaged by Super Storm Sandy recover.

“Earlier this year, DOH disbursed nearly $32 million in several communities ravaged by recent storms. This second round of federal funding will build on the momentum started in rebuilding infrastructure projects,” said Klein. “It’s also helping these same cities and towns take measures that will diminish the impacts of future storms.”

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