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State Funds Spell Flood Relief For Hundreds In Bridgeport

Elton Rogers Woodland Park lies between Main Street and Frenchtown Road in Bridgeport's North End.
Elton Rogers Woodland Park lies between Main Street and Frenchtown Road in Bridgeport's North End. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The owners of about 500 North End homes and businesses should see an end to years of persistent flooding, thanks to $5.14 million in state funding to rehabilitate an existing, abandoned dam.

City leaders first sought funds to repair the Elton Rogers Woodland Park dam in 2005, after hearing from residents who feared rainy skies and up to 36 inches of standing water in their yards, eroding both the land and property values.

“As weather patterns continue to become more unpredictable, we are racing against the clock to prevent a catastrophic event from occurring,” said state Rep. Jack Hennessy (D-Bridgeport), who first sought state funding. “Fixing this problem will give residents the reassurance they need to feel safe in their homes and community.”

Through this project, several thousand feet of piping and channel will be constructed to dramatically reduce the volume of flooding in and along Ox Brook, which runs across Main Street from the Brookside Shopping Center southwest to the Rooster River.

Barring any problems securing permits, the project should break ground in spring of 2018.

"This investment in Bridgeport is an investment in our quality of life," said state Rep. Charlie Stallworth (D-Bridgeport). "Every time the skies open up, residents of the North End and Hooker area worry about rising waters. This infusion of state funding is a game-changer for our neighbors."

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