STAMFORD, Conn. — The Dyke Lane Pumping Station, which is part of the Stamford Hurricane Barrier, will receive $800,000 in disaster resiliency upgrades, all paid for by a federal grant.
The upgrades will allow the pump station to be semiautomatic, a statement said. City officials will not longer have to go out in dangerous weather to operate it. The pumping station allows the Hurricane Barrier to protect Harbor Point and the city’s South End during storms.
The grant will come from the U.S. Economic Developing Agency, which selected the project Tuesday, an agency statement said.
“If Superstorm Sandy showed us anything, it is that storm surges along the northeast will continue to get worse, and now is the time to invest in infrastructure and assets like this,” U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn, said in the statement.
“The EDA grant represents critical federal investment in flood control efforts that will protect lives and save taxpayer dollars in the long run by preventing future storm damage to homes and businesses in Stamford,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.