City Plans Future Sea Wall

Posted: November 13, 2012  |  By: Monica Disare [Yale Daily News]

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one of the Northeast’s most devastating storms in recent memory, New Haven is planning new infrastructure to combat the forces of nature.

State representative Dennis Schain said storms like Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy are evidence of how climate change may affect construction on the coastline. The Elm City is currently considering major structural investments after storms rocked New Haven in two successive years. Residents are pushing for sea wall funding that will help protect homes in Morris Cove against storms surges. The city applied for funding for a 500-foot sea wall to protect 10 houses in the area after Hurricane Irene, but the state denied the request. New Haven residents and city representatives are now pushing the state and federal government to reconsider supporting this project.

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