State Rep. Jack Hennessy and Mayor Bill Finch haven’t always been best of buds, but … stop the presses … Hennessy shares this update about the Ox Brook flood control project.
A Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) official recently apprised me that a completed engineering flood control study contract for the Ox Brook area of Bridgeport was mailed to the Bridgeport Mayor’s office on December 16th, 2013.
I am very pleased to see this project moving forward and that so many constituents in the Ox Brook area in the North End that have endured life in the flood zone will finally see something being done about it. This contract advances the intent of state funds allocated in the spring of 2012 that have been going through the legislative process for some time to bring flood relief to the Ox Brook area of Bridgeport.
The Ox Brook is a small stream, a tributary to the Rooster River, which flows throughout the North end of Bridgeport. Due to overdevelopment in the area, unregulated construction and encroachment on the wetlands, the Ox Brook floods extensively whenever there is a sustained torrential downpour.
I would like to thank Mayor Bill Finch for his steadfast support and collaboration on this flood-control project. While we may not agree on everything, we are definitely on the same page when it comes to environmental protection and public safety.
We are finally taking a step forward in fulfilling our promise to represent the best interests of our constituents. I look forward to swift action on this DEEP engineering study contract so that residents in the area may finally see some flood relief.