STAMFORD, Conn. — As Stamford starts recovering from Hurricane Sandy, boaters may be happy to know that the Hurricane Barrier may open as early as Tuesday afternoon, Colonel Chuck Samaris said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiting for the tidal surge to go down to more normal levels before opening the barrier, said Samaris, who serves as the district engineer and commander for the New England district of the corps.
The barrier limited the damage and flooding from Hurricane Sandy, providing a 17-foot-tall wall to protect Stamford Harbor, he said. At its highest point, the storm surge was just barely more than 11 feet, Samaris said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which runs the barrier, shut it Saturday afternoon to prepare for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival. Officials have been at the barrier and monitoring water conditions since then.