New Bedford Hurricane Barrier will be partially reopened, will be closed again


The hurricane barrier in the town of New Bedford has been partially reopened but will be closed again after low tide. City officials told Sera Congi of NewsCenter 5 that the barrier was partially opened early Sunday afternoon to drain the water in the inner harbor and that it is not open for navigation. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which operates the 150-foot naval gate, made the decision to close the barrier around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday as Tropical Storm Henri made its way into southern New England. City officials told Congi that the hurricane barrier should close again around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The low tide in New Bedford is expected to be just after 2 p.m. as well as the nearby town of Fairhaven United States. Mitchell said he believes all of the ships that are native to New Bedford returned during a live interview with Newscenter 5 on Sunday This is unusual in a major flood, “Mitchell said. While things are” more or less safe “in the Inner Harbor, Mitchell officials still have concerns about flooding roads outside the hurricane barrier. The National Hurricane Center forecast predicted that Henri will cause surges in the area between 3 and 5 feet. On Saturday, the mayor said the city may decide to close the high street gates on Padanaram Avenue, West Rodney French Boulevard, or East Rodney French Boulevard, depending on the severity Mitchell previously announced a series of precautionary measures that would hit the city in anticipation of Hurricane Henri ft. City beaches, CoveWalk, HarbourWalk, and Fort Taber closed to the public at 8 p.m. on Saturday.Exit and remove the people from these areas from Beaches, HarborWalk, CoveWalk, and Fort Taber. Business Prepares for Hurricane Cisco Brewers in New Bedford is on the waterfront and has beautiful views in the summer, but has become a threatened place with the approach of Hurricane Henri. Tables, chairs and umbrellas were moved to safe places on Saturday evening. “It’s going to be stormy here,” said Cisco Brewers’ Skyler Patrick. “These shipping containers are pretty safe, but we just want to make sure everything is in order. When the tide is high, we’ll have some sandbags that we’ll be packing shortly.” The brewery is right on the water, just on the outside of the city’s seawall in hurricane barrier where storm surge is a problem. “We’re here, we won’t be able to move in,” said Patrick. “So let’s just prepare on our way and everyone else prepare theirs and hopefully we’ll get out on the other end.”

The hurricane lock in the town of New Bedford has been partially reopened but will be closed again after low tide.

City officials told Sera Congi of NewsCenter 5 that the lock was partially opened early Sunday afternoon to drain the water in the inner harbor and that it will not be open to shipping.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which operates the 150-foot naval gate, made the decision to close the barrier around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday as Tropical Storm Henri made its way towards southern New England.

City officials told Congi that the hurricane barrier should close again around 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Low tide in New Bedford is expected to be just after 2 p.m.

Closing the hurricane barrier will help keep conditions in New Bedford Inner Harbor much calmer and prevent flooding in the city as well as in the nearby town of Fairhaven.

On Saturday, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell urged all shipowners to plan to be in port “at all deliberate speed”.

New Bedford is consistently rated as one of the most lucrative fishing ports in the entire United States.

Mitchell said he believes all of the ships home in New Bedford returned during a live interview with Newscenter 5 on Sunday.

“It’s been a while since the Army Corps had to shut it down before a major flood, so this is unusual,” said Mitchell.

While things are “more or less safe” in the Inner Harbor, Mitchell officials still have flooding concerns for roads outside the hurricane barrier.

The National Hurricane Center’s prediction predicted that Henri will cause surge voltages between 3 and 5 feet in the area.

On Saturday, the mayor said the city could decide to close the crossroad gates on Padanaram Avenue, West Rodney French Boulevard or East Rodney French Boulevard, depending on the severity of a storm surge.

Mitchell previously announced a series of precautionary measures the city is taking in anticipation of Hurricane Henri.

The city’s beaches, CoveWalk, HarbourWalk and Fort Taber were closed to the public from 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Mitchell says police will conduct regular patrols and remove people from the South End beaches, HarborWalk, CoveWalk and Fort Taber.

Business prepares for hurricane

Cisco Brewers in New Bedford is right on the water and has beautiful views in summer, but became a threatened place with the approach of Hurricane Henri.

On Saturday evening, they moved the tables, chairs, and umbrellas to safe places.

“It’s going to be stormy here,” said Cisco Brewers’ Skyler Patrick. “These shipping containers are pretty safe, but we just want to make sure that everything is in order. We’ll have a few sandbags in the event of the tidal wave, we’ll be packing them up shortly.”

The brewery is right on the water, just outside the city walls in hurricane barrier, where storm surge is a problem.

“We’re here, we won’t be able to move in,” said Patrick. “So let’s just prepare on our way and everyone else prepare theirs and hopefully we’ll get out on the other end.”

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