Tropical Storm Irene

Karen Dewitt

As the fourth anniversary of the devastating storms Irene and Lee approaches, the Cuomo Administration said it’s more ready than ever for hurricanes, floods, and other adverse weather events.

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo took office in 2011, there’s been a succession of severe storms, including hurricanes Irene and Lee that brought massive flooding to upstate, Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that flooded beach front communities on Long Island and submerged portions of the New York City subway system in corrosive salt water.

The Nature Conservancy

In the year since Superstorm Sandy and the more than two since Tropical Storm Irene, the focus of many Connecticut shoreline communities has been rebuilding. But one town - Guilford – has a second focus.  The Connecticut Mirror's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports it peers far, far into the future.

Rosemarie Sibilio

Since January, shoreline property owners in Connecticut have been facing a new financial reality. In addition to the repair bills many are still paying after the storms of 2011 and 2012, including Irene and Sandy, thousands are now facing considerably higher flood insurance bills. The Connecticut Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports this  increased cost of living on the coast has some worried it will become even more exclusive than it already is.

Despite storms, few coastal homeowners are open to buyouts

Sep 18, 2013
Jan Ellen Spiegel / CT Mirror

As Connecticut continues to rebuild its shoreline after two years of tropical-style storms, the idea that some parts of the coast should not have homes on them is gaining more and more traction with federal and state officials. But local officials and homeowners – not so much.   As the CT Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, two home buyout programs have had few takers.

Conn. shoreline may not be ready for another storm hit

Jul 31, 2013
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.