Flooding and sewage issues continue to plague Hartford neighborhood

HARTFORD – Representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency recently visited the city to listen to residents explain the flooding problems that continue to plague the North End.

EPA officials, representatives from the state Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Metropolitan District Commission and other local and state officials attended a community event in Hartford on Feb. 6 where they heard from residents about sewage flooding during storms, burst pipes, etc. A litany other topics.

“This is the end of the beginning,” said US Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “It’s not the end.” The end will come when we fix the problem, when we take action to stop the flooding and the backwater in people’s basements. All the troubles you’ve seen firsthand for too long. It is overdue to take action.

The forum was the latest opportunity for residents to voice their concerns about the Hartford flooding. After hearing some of the stories, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin grabbed the mic and said part of the problem is the city’s inability to use clean water money to create a better flood system. Hartford’s flood works were built over a century ago, he said, which is a major problem at the moment.

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