NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of New Haven has received a $25 million FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant for the city’s Inland and Coastal Resiliency Project.
The goal is to protect New Haven’s Union Station from big and small storms.
The coastal area around the train station and Long Wharf is already prone to flooding when a good size storm comes through. Just two weeks ago, the area saw flooding.
The $25 million in federal money will be used to build a big underground pipe, a pump and a wall along the Interstate 95 corridor that should protect the train station from a historic storm.
“It’s a wall and a pipe and a pump, but the wall and the pipe and the pump are about climate resiliency, they are about jobs, they are about economic development, they are about ensuring that vital infrastructure like Union Station remains safe and accessible,” New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said.
House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro highlighted how infrastructure funding would invest in the stormwater tunnel and living shoreline project.
“There is nothing we can do to prevent a natural disaster, but we can prepare,” she said.
The grant is the first step in the process. There will be about a year and a half of paperwork before can construction can start. It is expected to be finished in 2025.