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Trout Brook tree removal saga heads to Newington tonight

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Before and after photos of the state dredging project along Trout Brook. Before and after photos of the state dredging project along Trout Brook.
Neighbors packed a meeting with project officials on Wednesday night. (WFSB photo) Neighbors packed a meeting with project officials on Wednesday night. (WFSB photo)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A controversial tree cutting continues to bother residents in West Hartford and Newington.

Wednesday night, many neighbors in the Trout Brook area gave project managers an earful.

They’ll get to continue expressing their concerns Thursday night in Newington.

The cut down trees are part of a dredging project undertaken by the state. It’s meant to address flooding concerns.

Neighbors in West Hartford, however, said the trees cannot be replaced. For them, Wednesday night’s meeting was about focusing on what’s to come.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the project is necessary to remove silt, which in turn will help prevent flooding.

The state claimed that if the town did maintenance work on Trout Brook, the project may have been avoided. It said the area is supposed to be dredged every five years.

It hasn’t been touched in 15 years due to budget issues. If it had, the state said it would have been a smaller project.

As it stood on Thursday, the flood control project ran 11 miles between West Hartford and Newington on state-owned property.

Newington residents get their turn to meet with officials at 6:30 a.m. in Town Hall.

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