Only on 10: Construction site overflows, floods nearby home
A Westport family of seven is upset, as water at nearby construction site has overflowed and flooded their property.
It was an unwelcome surprise to Pamela Costa and her loved ones.
"You could see the sediment and the mud just pouring into the toilet," Costa told NBC 10 News on Wednesday.
Costa said it all happened as a result of heavy rain and flooding Friday night at the affordable housing construction site next to her home.
"We turned the water on and it was completely brown," she said.
The situation was so bad that town officials showed up with excavating equipment and built another berm to try and stop the water.
"If the town hadn't done anything, I would've lost my house," Costa said.
The fire department was at the scene, pumping out thousands of gallons of water.
"We had firetrucks, we had light towers, they brought in the Calvary," Costa said. "They were just trying to figure out how to stop the water and where they could divert it to."
Costa said her well and septic system were still impacted.
The family of seven is now without running water and relying only on bottled, some of which was provided by the construction company.
"We had this awful, gut-wrenching feeling that something like this was going to happen if the site wasn't built properly," Costa said.
The Community Builders, which is the developer, issued a statement to NBC 10, noting that they are aware of the issue.
"We have a system for managing water during construction which meets all regulatory requirements. We will work to assess, and as needed address any concerns that may arise," the organization said.
saying they have a system for managing water during construction that meets all regulatory requirements and that they will work to assess, and as needed, address any concerns that may arise.
Town officials said engineers assured them it wouldn't happen.
"Even though it was a major storm, you need to be ready for something like that when you're putting up 80 housing units," Steven Ouellette, who is the chairman of the Wesport Board of Selectman, told NBC 10.
"If they can't handle typical New England, what's going to happen in the future? What's going to happen to the house later?" Costa said.
Town officials said the site is being looked at, but added that the problem is the contractor's responsibility.
NBC 10 also reached out to the construction company doing work on the site, but did not hear back.
A GoFundMe account has been activated to assist the family.