Rooster River to get hydraulic analysis in 2019

Dec 07, 2018
News Rooster River Flood M 2018

FAIRFIELD — After severe flooding impacted homes along the Rooster River in September during a storm, Fairfield officials said Thursday there will be a hydraulic analysis of the river in 2019.

Joseph Michelangelo, Fairfield’s director of public works, announced the analysis by the United States Geological Survey and Federal Emergency Management Agency at a meeting Thursday evening at North Stratfield Elementary to a crowd of about 50 residents. . . .

Michelangelo called the design of the drainage systems throughout town as inefficient. But, he said, there wasn’t just one problem that September day; many factors contributed to the extensive flooding.

The current drainage pipes, “should be at least double the size of what they are,” Michelangelo said. But, he said, widening the pipes causes problems downstream, specifically in Bridgeport. “We don’t want to do that.”

Instead, he said, his department is looking at strategically addressing the problems. And to help the town focus on appropriate fixes, Michelangelo said, Fairfield has hired an outside engineering firm — Milone & MacBroom — to help assess what can realistically be done.

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