Tropical Storm Irene

Seaside community and Mother Nature
3:53 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Guilford, CT has unique plans for dealing with future sea level rise and flooding

Coastal Resilience Plan
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.

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Thousands face higher flood insurance bills
11:15 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Conn. shoreline property owners facing new financial reality

Rosemarie Sibilio's house after storm Sandy hit
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.

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Superstorm Sandy Recovery
9:07 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Despite storms, few coastal homeowners are open to buyouts

The mouth of Old Field Creek in West Haven
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.

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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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