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Dam project causing water problems in Griswold

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A dam project in Griswold is causing water problems for neighbors. (WFSB) A dam project in Griswold is causing water problems for neighbors. (WFSB)
GRISWOLD, CT (WFSB) -

Residents near the drained Glasgow Pond said they'll be happy when long overdue repairs are made to the historic Glasgow Dam.

Bob Sniper owns waterfront property on Glasgow Pond in Griswold, but 18 months ago, when the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection drained the pond to begin long term repairs to the ancient Glasgow Dam, the project created well water problems for Sniper and his neighbors.

“We definitely lost water and we had to run a hose over to my neighbor,” Sniper said.

He and his wife originally had a shallow well before the drawdown of the pond began.

They were forced to have a new well drilled and the current drought isn't helping matters throughout eastern Connecticut.

Many of the neighbors around Glasgow Pond said they had to reinvest in a drilled well, which costs about $8,000 that they didn't expect.

Town leaders didn't expect the drawdown to cause problems…but it did. 

The draining pond undermined the bridge bulkheads on Sheldon Road, forcing the town to close the span, but as the water went away, it revealed an ancient stone arched bridge.

As for the dam repairs, DEEP said the multi-million dollar project is on schedule to be completed in December, and Glasgow Pond is to be filled sometime next spring.

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