Old Lyme resident blames beavers for flooded yard near lake

New London

OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Some people’s yards in Old Lyme have been experiencing flooding, and one homeowner blames the local beavers.

“You can see the water level under the house,” said Old Lyme resident Dave Berggren. “That’s where the water level is.”

Berggren may get a little break from the constant flooding of his Boughton Road property when he tears out the beaver dams in a brook at the other end of Black Hall Pond.

“We tore it out and started my every other day deal for like two years,” said Berggren.

The water though continues to rise. What was once a green plush lawn is now covered with water and phragmites.

A cement wall next to the dock, which is now covered by water, used to go about a foot down to a sandy beach which went out about eight feet. 

A few feet of water now covers the wall and the entire beach. That’s just a small issue compared to what Berggren said he’s dealing with regarding his house.

“I’ve jacked it several times you can see where there’s blocks and bricks and all kinds of things.”

He said his home is sinking which has caused the house to settle so much it’s hard to open some windows and doors.

“If you look at the top of the door it doesn’t fit the opening anymore,” said Berggren.

But it’s the black mold he said he can’t get rid of which is causing the most concern.

“’Well, we can’t do anything.’ That’s all I ever hear out of the town. ‘[We] can’t do anything.’”

He’s hoping a letter from the DEEP citing a state statute that states towns are responsible for removing debris that prevents the free discharge of floodwaters will help. 

Old Lyme’s new first selectman Tim Griswold told News 8 the town is looking at devices to keep the water flowing and prevent flooding.

“If personal property is being negatively affected we want that corrected,” said Griswold.

“The next resort is you tear the house down,” said Berggren.

That’s what Berggren is hoping to avoid.

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