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Seawalls
11:50 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Conn.'s trouble with seawalls

A new riprap wall (boulders that let water through) in East Haven with a sand dune that will eventually have beach grass
Jan Ellen Spiegel The Connecticut Mirror

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.

Superstorm Sandy Recovery
8:37 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Conn. shoreline may not be ready for another storm hit

Great Creek in Milford was 8 feet wide here, after Irene and Sandy it grew to 35 feet wide
Credit Jan Ellen Spiegel

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.


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