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Fairfield Holding Public Meeting On Flood Prevention Measures

Fairfield Conservation Director Brian Carey, left, and First Selectman Michael Tetreau.
Fairfield Conservation Director Brian Carey, left, and First Selectman Michael Tetreau. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Town of Fairfield will host a public informational meeting regarding the Riverside Drive Coastal Resiliency Planning Grant on Tuesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education Administrative Offices, seminar room 295 A and B, 501 Kings Highway East.

The meeting, recently announced by First Selectman Mike Tetreau, will update local residents on the progress that has been made in the design of potential coastal resiliency measures that can be implemented along the Riverside Drive Corridor to prevent flooding from future coastal storms.

The Town of Fairfield Flood and Erosion Control Board are assisting in the project.

During the meeting, representatives from Milone and Macbroom, the firm that has been conducting the technical planning, will present information regarding work that has been completed to date and will look to solicit feedback from interested parties.

A short question and answer period will follow the presentation by the consultants.

The gathering will be the first of two meetings that will be held jointly by Milone and Macbroom and the Town to solicit comments from interested individuals.

The planning project, which involves no Town funds, is being fully funded by a $200,000 Community Development Block Disaster Recovery Grant that was awarded to Town of Fairfield by the Connecticut Department of Housing in September 2015.

The scope of work associated with the grant is primarily focused on evaluation of flood protection options such as flood walls, berms, dikes and dune ridges that may be used to prevent flooding from Ash Creek and Long Island Sound.

The project also includes evaluation of other resiliency options such as elevating homes, maintaining access and egress and making utilities more resilient in the area of Riverside Drive.

Officials are hoping that the planning and design process will be completed by December.

Those interested in obtaining further information or providing input may do so by contacting Brian Carey, the Town’s conservation director, at 203-256-3071 or at bcarey@fairfieldct.org.

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