Bridgeport getting $10M for storm protection

Residents walk through flooded Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after an overnight storm surge. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses in the Northeast. (AP Photo/John Christoffersen)
Residents walk through flooded Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after an overnight storm surge. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses in the Northeast. (AP Photo/John Christoffersen)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s largest city is getting $10 million from the federal government to help protect it against another superstorm like Sandy in 2012.

Bridgeport officials told the Connecticut Post that the money will be used to engineer strategies to protect the city’s South End and Black Rock Harbor from future coastal flooding. Superstorm Sandy inundated the lower-income South End and filled many basements with 5 feet of water.

The $10 million for planning is coming in a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bridgeport officials have been considering a seawall and berm at Seaside Park and studying the potential effect of a floodgate across Black Rock Harbor.

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Information from: Connecticut Post

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