First Selectman Lizz Milardo filed the declaration Wednesday night, citing that the town’s resources are unable to keep up with the effects of flooding and ice dams. The request is necessary for Haddam to become eligible for state and federal assistance.
Residents have been flooded out of their homes, and some roads are impassable because of the ice. Penni Romano stated, “The whole place is flooded. The road is flooded and it’s iced over and I can’t drive it.”
Laura Angiolillo added, “High tide basically ended in our front yard…We got it from the river in the back as well as water coming this way.”
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One Haddam resident said, “There’s a lot of concern for the homeowners here. They have docks and the big chunks of ice…and several people have lost pylons that hold the docks together.”
Angiolillo said, “When the water comes in all you can do is wait for the tide to go back out.”
Some ice pieces that washed ashore in Haddam are more than a foot thick, which is why the Coast Guard Cutter Bollard could not make it past Essex on Tuesday.
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The Coast Guard is making progress, but it’s a slow process. Milardo added, “There’s three sections of ice. Right now they’re in the Essex Cove area and they’re trying to work their way.”
Residents who live near the swing bridge are worried about the unknown. Romano said, “We are in a flood zone so it is going to flood. I’ve been here 20 years, and in 20 years it has probably flooded about 10 times. Flooding where there’s 18 inches of water inside the house.”
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Warmer temperatures this weekend could help melt the ice and loosen the jams.
“For right now, it is really a wait and see,” Milardo said. “Which is probably the most frustrating thing because you want to be able to do something and there’s not much to do.”
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