Controversy temporarily stops dredging project in West Hartford - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Controversy temporarily stops dredging project in West Hartford

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Neighbors upset about hundreds of trees torn down in West Hartford (WFSB) Neighbors upset about hundreds of trees torn down in West Hartford (WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

After hundreds of trees were ripped up in the area of Trout Brook Drive, officials said work has come to a temporary halt.

Eyewitness News first reported on the project early last week, after neighbors were up against the state in an effort to spare the trees from being cut down.

The controversy surrounds a dredging project where crews said they would spare the trees.

However, late last week, Eyewitness News learned that hundreds of trees were cut down.

Neighbors said some of the trees were well over 60 years old.

Now, not much is left in the wooded area as crews tore down hundreds of trees.

On Monday, Town Manager Ron Van Winkle said the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection agree to stop work on the project.

State officials said the trees and bushes were removed because of flooding problems and the need to protect homeowners.

Without the work, DEEP said homeowners could be forced to purchase flood insurance, which costs, on average, $2,000 per year.

"No one over here is against flood control. Many of us have had water in the streets. Water in our yards and water in the basement," said neighbor Paul Palmer. "The destruction that they did completely changed the character of the neighborhood."

Neighbors said they were never given any notice about the project.

"There was very little information that was given to the neighbors and community about what was going on," Palmer said.

Officials will be attending the town council meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to answer questions.

There will also be a public meeting with the neighborhood on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in town hall council chambers.

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