May 29, 2002

State Senator Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, today said that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve funding in the amount of $357,700 for state owned flood control dams located on Middle River and Furnace Brook in Stafford. According to Sen. Guglielmo, the funding is necessary to construct repairs to the structures that were built in the early 1960’s.

According to Sen. Guglielmo, the Stafford Flood Control Dams consist of seven dams that were built as a result of the flood of 1955. “Over the years erosion has taken it’s toll on these structures and that is why repairs are needed at this time. We cannot underestimate the importance of maintaining our public works structures. I don’t think we can afford to delay repairs any longer,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “Dams such as these play a huge role in protecting landowners and the community as a whole from flooding. That is why I am pleased that the Bond Commission was able to move this item forward.”

According to Sen. Guglielmo, problems to be addressed with the dams include improvements to the internal pipe joints for each principal spillway pipe, access road improvements and vegetation removal.

“We have seen what can happen when bridges and dams are not maintained properly. This funding will ensure the proper upkeep of these dams and in doing so guarantee the safety of Stafford residents,” said Sen. Guglielmo.

The State Bond Commission’s monthly meeting is scheduled for this Friday, May 30th, at 10:30 am, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.