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Storm surge hits a small tree as winds from Hurricane Sandy reach Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Water from Long Island Sound spilled into roadways and towns along the Connecticut shoreline Monday, the first signs of flooding from a storm that threatens to deliver a devastating surge of seawater. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
State officials have taken some steps for residents and property owners to immediately repair or rebuild seawalls, bulkheads, and revetments damaged by Storm Sandy in regulated coastal and tidal areas, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy.
“Given the devastation along Connecticut’s coast, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has put emergency provisions in place so people can take action to repair or rebuild along the coast, and then follow-up with us for necessary paperwork,” Malloy said. “This process will help people move quickly to secure and protect their property, while ensuring that important environmental protections remain in place.”
Repairs or rebuilding the pre-existing condition of seawalls, bulkheads, and revetments, and for riprap placed in eroded areas immediately behind damaged seawalls.
To be eligible to make use of this emergency authorization, the structure involved must have been previously authorized by a state permit, been in place since before 1995, or be protecting infrastructure or a residence that has been in place since before 1995. Any structures that are rebuilt must also conform to the same height and footprint as the previous structure. After undertaking this work, property owners must also submit an application for the appropriate DEEP permit by May 30, 2013.
Use of equipment to replace sand that was displaced from beaches and the replacement of stones from seawalls and revetments displaced by the storm. This authorization requires property owners to submit basic details and photographs that document the type and extent of work performed once it is completed.
Temporary protection and reinforcement measures such as placement of sandbags, shoring and bracing, and for the use of equipment to remove storm debris after Sandy hit. This authorization was actually issued before the storm.
Staff from DEEP’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs (OLISP) will also be out in the most hard hit communities along the shore in the coming days and weeks to discuss issues related to repairs and rebuilding with property owners.
For more information on DEEP’s emergency and temporary authorizations, visit www.ct.gov/deep and select the Coastal Permitting link in the Storm Sandy box, or call the OLISP staff at 860-424-3034.
Residents and businesses seeking to perform work under these authorizations are advised to contact their municipal officials about the need for any local approvals. They also need to obtain appropriate approvals from local officials for work on any buildings, such as homes.