A new riprap wall (boulders that let water through) in East Haven with a sand dune that will eventually have beach grass
Seawall Collapse Illustration
Credit Jan Ellen Spiegel / The Connecticut Mirror
A wall in Westport that washed away during Tropical Storm Irene and was replaced with concrete blocks. During Superstorm Sandy, the whole top layer came off and it was rebuilt again using reinforing rods and better mortar.
As Connecticut's shoreline residents make their way through hurricane season 2013 with fingers crossed that there won't be a repeat of the last two years, many are looking for some protection for their property. Seawalls are often a first choice. But as The Connecticut Mirror's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, even if homeowners can get them, it's not clear they'll actually help.
The National Hurricane Center has predicted an active to extremely active Atlantic storm season that includes 3 to 6 major hurricanes. Not what Connecticut's shoreline communities wanted to hear as they continue to rebuild from the damage in tropical storm Irene and storm Sandy. For wrecked roads, pumping stations and other infrastructure the question is when they will be repaired. But for the battered shoreline itself, the question is often whether to repair it at all.