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Town to redesign flood-prone area

The town will use state money to redesign the sea wall and drainage system along Fort Point Road in North Weymouth, an area that frequently floods and is likely to experience more flooding in the future.

The state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced on June 1 that Weymouth will receive $129,000 through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, which awarded more than $5 million to 34 communities.

“We know that coastal flooding and sea level rise are the most prevalent and serious climate-related hazards facing Weymouth,” Mayor Robert Hedlund said in a press release. “With this grant, we have an opportunity to redesign critical infrastructure in one of our most vulnerable neighborhoods, and to position ourselves for future grant funding to rebuild the Fort Point Road seawall and other coastal structures, which are vital to protecting people’s homes and property.”

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The design work is expected to take about a year, and take into account potential sea-level rise and increased storm activity through 2070. Officials have estimated the cost of rebuilding the sea wall along Fort Point Road and fixing drainage problems behind the wall at a minimum of $2 million.

The peninsula neighborhood is located past George Lane Beach on the way to Webb Memorial State Park.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.