The New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier lies across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor and protects about 1,400 acres in New Bedford, Fairhaven, and Acushnet from tidal flooding associated with hurricanes and coastal storms. Photo by Andrew Stamer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier lies across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor and protects about 1,400 acres in New Bedford, Fairhaven, and Acushnet from tidal flooding associated with hurricanes and coastal storms. Photo by Andrew Stamer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SouthCoastToday: The Coast Guard is investigating how a 154’ barge carrying gravel struck the [New Bedford] hurricane barrier last Thursday [September 19], causing substantial damage to the fender protection system, according to Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard officials.

The barrier, however, was tested Friday and is operational, said Tim Dugan, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. The incident occurred about 7:20 p.m. Thursday.

“I was told it was fully operational,” Dugan said.

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