A controversial riverboat ripped free from the city docks in Norwalk, Connecticut, during the height of Hurricane Sandy on Monday, damaging the docks and pilings. But the damage caused by the vessel could have been much worse had it not been for the efforts of rescue crews.
According to an article in The Hour, the 600-foot Mississippi paddleboat Island Belle, which has been under an eviction notice from the city, broke free from the floating docks at Veterans Memorial Park, tearing away pilings and forcing police and firemen to respond during the height of the storm. Norwalk mayor Richard A. Moccia said the city will hold the owner of the Island Belle accountable for costs incurred by the city.
But the damage could have been much worse. According to an article on the Huffington Post, the vessel threatened to plummet into a seafood restaurant or other nearby docks. But thanks to the efforts of local police and fire personnel, the area avoided further damage.
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