Residents of one neighborhood in Hamden are complaining that flooding on their properties is being caused by one of the largest environmental remediation projects in Connecticut's history.
For the past two years, the Newhall section of Hamden has been under construction.
According to state officials, the Old Winchester Repeating Arms Factory polluted the soil during the 1930s. State and town officials removed more than 240 yards of contaminated soil about two years ago. Now, they are adding new soil and replacing lawns, sidewalk and other landscaping in the 18-block area.
However, some residents are worried about these changes and after flooding occurred last month, if they are the cause of it.
Heavy rainfall on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 left cars underwater and streets blocked off. It flooded basements, some that had never been followed before, according to area residents.
"Of course, we're worried," said Yanick Charles of Hamden. "Everybody is worried."
The state told Eyewitness News that they are working with each homeowner who has a complaint about the flooding such as patching foundations and adding drainage systems. Residents added that the state has addressed most of their concerns.
"Our foundation is split, not cracked, it's split so they said they're going to send a new company to come and fix it," Charles said. "We haven't seen that yet and it's very frustrating.
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