Waterford residents share flooding concerns

Waterford - The man who has filed a lawsuit against the town claiming that it has not taken the proper precautions to prevent flooding of his Millers Pond Road home gave a presentation Thursday to 27 residents who share his concerns.

Through a slideshow of pictures, Kevin Ziolkovski showed his Quaker Hill neighbors the impact of the flooding along Bloomingdale Road. He pointed to a culvert on the upstream side of Hunt's Brook near Bloomingdale Road that he said is the source of the flooding on the lower portion of Millers Pond Road.

"When the water starts to rise above the culvert, it rises at 1 inch per minute over an area of 26 acres, that's the volume of water coming downstream," he said at the Quaker Hill firehouse.

The elevation of the water, he said, was within inches of the June 1982 flood that severely damaged homes and businesses.

At one point this March, he said, his neighbors had to get into their kayaks to get their children off the school bus.

In the lawsuit, Ziolkovski claims the town-owned Bloomingdale Road crossing of Hunt's Brook failed to drain properly during the March 2010 flood. The damage that occurred on land at 8 and 10 Millers Pond Road along with the loss of personal property led Ziolkovski to sue this March, he said.

Ziolkovski is representing himself in court. The town is represented by Milano & Wanat, a Branford law firm.

In June, he went to a state Freedom of Information Commission hearing after the town and the state failed to produce the documents he requested. But he lost the hearing against the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection because he had not formally submitted a written FOI request.

He has also filed a lawsuit against the DEEP for failing to construct a dam and culverts that properly prevent flooding.

j.hanckel@theday.com

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