Milford Residents Grappling With Flood Damage

Sue Jerue and Linda Ganun of Merwin Avenue are just two of the many in Milford struggling following last Friday's rainfall.


Take a look at this video detailing what Sue Jerue, Linda Ganun and their families have been through since the record rainfall on Friday, September 28th.

Jerue and Ganun explain what they believe the City of Milford should be doing and the City Engineer and Mayor Blake speak of the hundred year rain and grants the City is attempting to get to help Milford's infrastructure. 

Monica October 05, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Good points Sue and Linda! I hope the city takes care of the drain problem soon!
Starla October 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
With the ground already saturated from that storm, I hope it didn't repeat itself with the rain we had just the last couple of days.
Michael Nelson October 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Just playing devil's advocate here - so, the city should plan for adequate drainage for a hundred year storm? What happens when the five hundred year storm hits? And for a house that was built in the 60s to never have water in its basement, I think that shows the drainage is acceptable. For the home owner to comment on how, "If this is going to happen every time we have a big rain storm," you mean, every time you endure a hundred year rain storm? One hundred years - will your grand kids still be alive for that storm? Is that level of drainage adequate? If I were in your shoes, I'd file an insurance claim and get a new, finished basement for the cost of a slightly increased insurance premium.
Sue Jerue October 06, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Thanks for those suggestions but I can tell you they won't work. What this great article doesn't tell you is this happened just about six years ago to us. So much for 100 year theory. And…flood insurance doesn't work that easy and it's the only option with water coming from the outside in. So twice in almost six years. Not fun. -Sue, the other home owner
Jac Sprat October 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I don't think it's a matter of bigger drains. I think the drains are not being maintained. There are several drains near my street and along the shoreline on Broadway that are completely filled with sand and muck, no doubt leftover from Irene. I've oftentimes walked by sections of the street where drains are so completely overfilled with debris that grass has taken route over the entire area of the "drain". I believe the cost of flushing the storm drains will be much less expensive than widening the area drains. Can someone suggest yearly maintenaince which would include removing debris and flushing each draining system? I've been a Milford resident for 5 years now and haven't seen any such maintenance done. I believe this would be an overwhelmingly helpful first step solution.


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