New Bedford Hurricane Barrier Turns 50
December 6, 2012
SouthCoast Today: Fifty years after construction of the city’s hurricane barrier first started, it’s still drawing attention.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the barrier, which the city celebrated Thursday [November 29] with a proclamation for the Army Corps of Engineers, prompted interest from national media looking for longterm solutions to the massive storms predicted as a result of climate change.
Army Corps Cpl. Charles Samaris, the commander of the New England Region, credited the structure—899 tons of granite—with preventing more than $28 million in flood damage in the area, including $3.5 million during Hurricane Sandy.
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