Residents Worry Canasawacta Creek Will Flood Again

By: Melissa deCordova

NORWICH – Three times will do it for at least one Canasawacta Creek front resident. If the remnants of Hurricane Ernesto cause flooding in Larry Davey’s basement this weekend, he plans to sell his South Plymouth Street property in the city.

“Three times in two years is two times too many floods,” he wrote an e-mail to The Evening Sun Thursday. Davey’s home, and those of his neighbors on Plymouth Street and Willard Court, suffered considerable flood damage in April 2005 and again this year in June. His sump pumps kicked on during Tuesday’s heavy rainfall.

In particular, five or six large trees, some jammed into sluiceways and others caught alongside the creek’s 70-year-old concrete dam, worry Davey. The already saturated ground plus another sufficient rainstorm “will” flood his basement, he said.

Davey presented a petition signed by 70 residents last year to the Norwich City Common Council requesting that the dam behind Kurt Beyer Pool be removed. City officials have said they will remove the dam along with the trees once the waters recede.

“I realize his frustration,” Mayor Joseph Maiurano said. “We will do everything possible to get those trees out. People need to realize that we are experiencing 100 to 500 year floods. Ninety percent of the time that creek can take the water that comes in.”

Regulatory agency permits have been received for the work, the mayor said, and it is just a matter of time before the city’s public works department can get equipment in to do it. Davey suggested pulling the trees out before this weekend.

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