A year after Superstorm Sandy crashed into Connecticut's coastline, homeowners are still rebuilding and replanting. A new project is helping them make better choices about landscaping. A website, developed by Connecticut Sea Grant with the University of Connecticut can now help those owners figure out how best to protect their homes from storms and flooding. It’s called the Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide of Long Island Sound.
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.