The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene the residents of the Victoria Beach Condo Association in East Haven, CT asked the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for permission to rebuild the berm that had protected their properties from nor Easters and other major weather events capable of causing significant storm surge, flooding and beach erosion.
Regrettably, the berm had not yet been rebuilt by the time Superstorm Sandy caused record storm surge and additional damage in September.
The Condo Association resubmitted their application to build a seawall and this time enlisted the support of East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, State Senator Len Fasano and State Representative James Albis.
Fasano, Albis and Maturo aggressively pursued approval of the Association's application, warning that another storm would be even more devastating to the community. DEEP approved the delegation's request and construction is underway.
Fasano, Albis and Maturo will hold a press conference on Thursday to update the public on East Haven's recovery from Superstorm Sandy and how their efforts to procure a new seawall for Victoria Beach can serve as a model for other shoreline communities in Connecticut.