Bridgeport Addresses Frequent Flooding Concerns
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on July 29, 2013 @ 11:34AM
Created on July 28, 2013 @ 6:42PM
Recent storms have led to major flooding on Main Street in Bridgeport multiple times in the past few months.
The floodwaters have been damaging property and inconveniencing businesses. People are eager for a fix and officials from the Department of Highways and Bridgeport, said they're working on a solution.
Sharri Brake owns Ace Hardware on Main Street. She said the flooding has impacted her business. "It's extremely frustrating. Obviously we've been fighting this for twenty years and we get a band aid fix of cleaning out the pipe. Cleaning the pipe isn't the problem," she said.
On June 28th, chunks of pavement were chipped from the roadway, and on July 12th drivers found themselves traveling through floodwaters.
"It would be nice if something could be done about it," said Brake.
City officials are aware of the problem. They said there are a number of factors that play into the severe flooding, but they have pinpointed an underground drain below Route 50.
Bridgeport City Engineer, Tom Brown said, "The major problem is this 36 inch drain that's approximately 28 to 30 feet deep."
Brake said the flooding is not only taking a toll on her property, but her wallet as well. "We have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars since this first started occurring."
Emergency officials said property damage isn't the only concern.
Bridgeport Fire Department Chief Chuck Feathers said, "We have been very fortunate that no cars have been washed off the roadways yet, but that's always a possibility."
Bridgeport is addressing these concerns and has reached out to the Department of Highways to work on a solution.
"We have discussed it again with the Department of Highways and we've received some reassurance that they are going to devote some man power to the final design," said Brown.
A timetable for the project has not been set.
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