FEMA addressing Darien flooding damage
Darien’s Board of Selectmen addressed the town’s recent flooding from two heavy rainstorms at its meeting last week.
Darien experienced flooding storms on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Areas of the town that are typically vulnerable to flash flooding were negatively affected, according to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.
She said while the storms were not as severe as the storms Darien experienced in 2006, “the town continues to experience flooding in the Heights Road commercial area, Crimmins Road, Cherry Street, the Post Road near Exit 11, Tilley Pond and all the railroad underpasses.
In the last storm, cars were stuck in each one of those underpasses, according to Stevenson.
The State of Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is conducting preliminary damage assessments from the Sept. 25 storm to determine if total statewide damage would allow Connecticut to receive federal disaster assistance. Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by sharing information on damage to local businesses and living areas of homes.
A living area is defined by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) as kitchens and bedrooms.
FEMA makes the final determination on eligible damage, according to Stevenson. Damage reports, along with photos, should be submitted on the town website for the Sept. 25 and 26 flooding, or by calling the fire marshal's office at 203-656-7304 for assistance.
Stevenson said “on a positive note,” the construction on the Abbey and Intervale drainage project has been working “successfully.”
There are currently two large-scale redevelopments planned for the Noroton Heights business area. Last week, Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman John Sini told The Darien Times these projects will include flood mitigation features.
“The Noroton Heights Overlay Zone, which enabled the approved redevelopment of both the Palmer’s and Federal Realty properties, included Planning & Zoning Commission requirements for the installation of flood mitigation measures. As construction unfolds, the flood mitigation strategies will be implemented at both properties,” he said.t.
Sini said the commission expects Federal Realty to break ground by early 2019.
“By capturing water [and then slowly releasing water under this property during flash flooding incidents], it should provide meaningful relief for the businesses along Heights Road. The Palmer’s property redevelopment will also add some mitigation remedies for the area,” he said.
The detailed storm drainage plans for both approved redevelopments can be found at: darienct.gov/pzc