Milford looks to plug flooding problem - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Milford looks to plug flooding problem

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One Milford woman told Eyewitness News Wednesday that everything in her yard starts floating away every time there is a major rain storm.

"I go into anxiety because I never know what's going to happen," said homeowner Evelyn Tristau.

During last Friday's storm, Tristau's cars were totaled and her basement was destroyed. The most recent storm was difficult for Tristau because she was at home recovering from surgery.

"The water rushes in from the street goes through the walls and out in the backyard," she said.

Each year, she records the damage and Tristau even showed Eyewitness News a letter that she sent to the previous Milford mayor in 2001.

"I don't have flood insurance because there is not a flood area," she said. "My house should not flood, was it not for city's negligence."

The city of Milford told Eyewitness News that they are working on a solution for Tristau, but the approval process has been lengthy.

City officials are trying to add a bigger drainage pipe along Naugatuck Avenue, which is near Tristau's home, however that is years from completion. They are also trying to unclog a storm drain that was blocked by debris after the most recent storm.

"I had a contractor here at my house here to assess damage and he said $175,000 to $200,000 worth of damage," she said.

The mayor of Milford is trying to see if the city will be granted any federal funding after the storm, however it is unlikely that the city will receive any money.

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