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True Miller Hardware Store

True Miller Hardware Store

Heavy rains from March 29 to 31, 2010, caused severe flooding of the Shenook River. They damaged columns supporting part of a building over the river that houses the True Miller Hardware Store and a restaurant. The building suffered structural damage and began to collapse into the river. A section of the building that held paints began to collapse on April 7. The Conn. Department of Environmental Protection contacted EPA and reported that some paint containers and related products (such as solvents) had fallen into the river and that many other containers were in danger of doing the same. True Miller Hardware voluntarily hired an engineer to develop a plan to remove all potentially hazardous products from the store. Based on the engineer's assessment, some products were removed by hand while others located in areas of the building that were found to be structurally unsound were taken out with heavy equipment.

Location: 40 Main Street, North Stonington, CT
Start date: 04/07/2010
End date: 04/12/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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