Congressman John Larson, local officials and members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured the 72-year-old “Meadow Hill” pumping station in East Hartford and levees in Hartford Tuesday, as part of their effort to highlight highlight the need for federal money to fund and maintain the flood control system.

Larson says the beginning of spring flooding season highlight the importance of the system,and the need to improve the antiquated stations.

Colonel Chuck Samaris with the Corps of Engineers says the stations have held up during recent storms but says officials are tempting fate if they don’t improve the system.

East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc  says residents of her town already have spent some $21 million,  and predicts another $13 to $20 million will be spent to correct deficiencies.


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