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Byram River Poses Flood Danger for Greenwich

Greenwich may have dodged a bullet last weekend, but with more rain on the way, town officials are concerned the Byram River may flood.

“One of the challenges in a town like ours, we have lots of small streams, and even the bigger streams are small, so when they flood, they flood faster,” said Denise Savageau, town Conservation Commission director.

The river’s gauge measured six feet early Monday morning, the highest since it was implemented in 2009. “We don’t know where the breaking point is,” Savageau said. “And I hate to say it, but we won’t know until the river floods.”

Michael Finkbeiner , an environmental consultant, said he has been trying to get the town to focus on flood prevention steps for the Byram River for years. “We need a focus on emergency water management,” he said. “This mean keeping the low flow from flowing too low and the peak flow from peaking too high.” Finkbeiner added the town needs to find a temporary storage solution for water before levels peak and floods become inevitable.

Last fall, the town reached an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to fund a study of flood control along the Byram River. The Army Corps agreed to match the town’s $200,000 fund for the study, which will explore flooding issues and suggest ways to lessen potential damage and future flooding.

“It’s still a learning process, and we don’t have much leeway,” said Savageau. “We’re trying to get residents to understand this.”

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from early Thursday morning through Friday morning for Fairfield County, including Greenwich. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are possible Thursday into early Friday.

The National Weather Service said that because rivers and streams are at high levels and soil is supersaturated, high runoff rates and flooding are possible.

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To see how neighboring towns are dealing with the wild weather, click on the headlines below:

More Rain Could Mean Big Headaches for Norwalk

Stamford Prepares for Possible Flooding

More Rain, More Flooding in Westport?

Did Darien Luck Out on Snow-Melt Flooding?

New Canaan Braces for Upcoming Rain

Weston Grows Weary of Snow, Rain

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