New Haven gets $25 million grant to prevent flooding at Union Station, nearby areas

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the city $25.1 million to assist its effort to build “a wall, a pipe and a pump” to prevent flooding at Union Station and nearby areas, officials announced Monday. The city and the state will add approximately $10 million, totaling around $35 million for the work. City Engineer Giovanni Zinn said the fund will go toward a 10-foot stormwater pipe from the corridor of West Water Street and Union Avenue out to the harbor and the living shoreline project at Long Wharf. For flooding, Truscinski said the city should expect a sea level rise of up to 20 inches by 2050, increasing the frequency of floods. Instead of facing a major flooding event — a disaster of more than three feet of water — every 15-20 years, Truscinski said it would happen every three to five years. These natural hazards will affect the communities of color more because of the built environment and a more limited access to resiliency resources, according to Mark Mitchell of Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice.

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