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Repairs to begin at Connecticut’s Outer Island

Dec. 12, 2013 - Outer Island, part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, was among the harder-hit locations when Hurricane Sandy made landfall. The refuge, which  includes several islands and stretches some  70 miles along the Connecticut coastline, received more than a million dollars to make repairs and remove debris that washed ashore in storm surge from Long Island Sound. Recently, a contract was awarded to Groton-based KMK Construction, a disabled veteran-owned (8A) contractor, to restore safe visitor access at Outer Island, where the storm eroded foundations and damaged an environmental education lab in addition to washing out boardwalks, platforms and a dock. Outer Island is part of the historic Thimble Islands Archipelago, which provides important mid-Atlantic habitat for migratory birds.

Photos: Storm Damage at Outer Island
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PHOTO: Refuge Law Enforcement Officer Sean Healy assesses damage on Outer Island after Hurricane Sandy.
Credit: Tylar Greene/USFWS

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