New London to receive $200,000 for Bank Street flood planning

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced that $31.1 million in federal grants is going to cities and towns for improvements to multifamily housing, infrastructure and public facilities and for planning purposes in cities and towns affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The funding includes $200,000 earmarked for planning of drainage improvements on Bank Street in New London. The money is to be used to evaluate the Bank Street drainage system, verify the cause of the flooding and design improvements, according to Malloy’s statement.

“Flooding damages property and affects operation of the city's Fire Department Headquarters and makes it difficult to access Lawrence and Memorial Hospital,” the release states.

“With these grants, we are not only helping these communities overcome the devastating impacts of one of the most severe storms in Connecticut’s history, but we’re also helping them to establish resiliency plans so they can be better prepared for future storms,” Malloy said.

The money comes from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program. The CDBG-DR funding was distributed by the state Department of Housing to help the most impacted and distressed areas recover from Sandy.

Malloy also announced that the individual homeowners who have applied for funding through the CDBG-DR program are currently in the pre-construction phase.

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