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DeLauro Announces $2.7 Million for Stratford Flood Risk Reduction

July 28, 2020
Press Release

Federal Grant will Contribute to Construction of Five Flood Gates at the Water Pollution Control Facility and Engineering Design and Construction of Existing Perimeter Dikes and Levees

STRATFORD, CT — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today announced $2,729,770 in federal funding for the Town of Stratford, CT, at the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) to reduce vulnerability to coastal floods. This funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover 36 percent of the project’s total cost of $7,556,800 and is critical to mitigating the risk and damage of floods at WPCF.

“This past 4th of July, vehicles in Stratford were trapped in standing water as thunderstorms flooded roads and underpasses,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “The people of Stratford are no strangers to the hazards of floods, and this federal partnership shows every level of government is taking these risks seriously. It is critical that vital infrastructure like our wastewater treatment facility be protected and capable of withstanding the impacts of a flood or natural disaster. The federal grant to complete this important project will decrease interruptions in service for the people of Connecticut should a flood occur and will increase protections for the water and land surrounding WPCF.”

This federal grant for flood prevention at the WPCF and the Town of Stratford sanitary system is critical to ensuring residents experience fewer service interruptions and reduced risk of release of untreated sewage to surrounding wetlands and the Housatonic River during flood events. This project includes the construction of five flood gates at WPCF entrance and exit points and the design and construction of increased flood protection at existing perimeter dikes and levees.

As a senior Member on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee that determines federal spending, Congresswoman DeLauro was able to secure this funding in the 2020 Homeland Security bill. As the House considers the Homeland Security spending bill for 2021 this week, Congresswoman DeLauro continues to fight for robust investments in FEMA programs that mitigate flood hazards and protect Connecticut’s coastal communities.