Flood & Erosion Control Board

Flood & Erosion Control Board
c/o Department of Public Works
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824


The Flood & Erosion Control Board plans, constructs, reconstructs and manages the Town's flood and erosion control system.


The Flood & Erosion Control Board generally meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm both in-person in the First Floor Conference Room in The Honorable John J. Sullivan Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road, and via Conference Call Bridge. All schedules and locations are subject to change. Please check the Town Meetings Calendar for cancellations or location changes.

About the Flood Erosion Control Board

Term Length: Five Years (Two Term Limit)
# of Members: Five
Appointing Body: Board of Selectmen
Party Balance Required?: Yes
Defined In: Town Charter - Article X

The Flood and Erosion Control Board plans, constructs, reconstructs, and manages the town’s flood and erosion control system which includes dikes, berms, dams, piping, jetties, sea walls, embankments, tide-gates, revetments, water storage areas, ditches, drains and any other structures or facilities that prevent damage from flood or erosion caused by seawater or fresh water.

Duties include:

  • Having authority, within appropriation limits, to plan, lay out, acquire, construct, reconstruct, repair, maintain, supervise and manage a flood or erosion control system.
  • Taking hold by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, any real property or interest therein which it determines is necessary for use in connection with the floor or erosion control system. When the board is unable to agree with an owner of property as to the compensation to be paid for taking the property, the case may end up before a court or judge.
  • At any time after voting to acquire, construct or reconstruction any floor or erosion control system, the board may, at its discretion, elect to defray the cost by issuing bonds or other evidences of debt or by general taxation, special assessment or any combination of these, with a number of specific guidelines governing the levying and use of these assessments.
Flood and Erosion Control Board Members 

# Name (Party) Title Term
1 Donald R. Lamberty (R) 2024 Vice-Chair  11/2022 - 11/2027
2 Charles D. Abercrombie (D)   11/2023 - 11/2028
3 Richard S. Dmochowski (U) 2024 Secretary 11/2019 - 11/2024
4 Rebecca G. Bunnell (D) 2024 Chair  11/2020 - 11/2025
5 VACANT    11/2021 - 11/2026

Flood Control Measures

Fairfield's flooding exposure results from both severe rain events and coastal storms.  Our inland areas are impacted by heavy rains while the flat coastal areas that house the outfalls from the town storm drains are impacted by both.

Please see the Flood and Erosion Control Board's Fairfield Flood Mitigation Status and Plans for more information on existing and proposed flood control measures.