“Much of the sand is now in the lake itself,” said Anthony Calabrese, director of parks and recreation.
Ida dropped nearly 6 inches of rain on Fairfield, causing widespread flooding. At Lake Mohegan, the city will likely need to dredge the swimming area and fill in the sand on the beach.
The lake is normally open for swimming on Memorial Day, but with eight weeks of work required before the beach can open, city officials are unsure.
“At this point it’s just a matter of timing,” Calabrese said.
Officials hope to start work on the $500,000 project in March. The bathing season could open in time if the work does not start until April 1st. The project must first be approved by the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting, and the city is seeking approval for a 75 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Administration Agency, which could further slow the project. Supply chain issues are another potential problem.
“It just depends on when we start,” Calabrese said. “Unfortunately, it’s beyond our control.”
If the city doesn’t finish work in the water before April 15, the project would be delayed by weeks — possibly more than a month — because of the breeding season for the lake’s fish.