Massachusetts has learned nothing since the Hurricane of 1938, Hurricane Carol in 1954 and Hurricane Bob 20 years ago.
In New Bedford, a hurricane barrier was built in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers with two 440-ton gates. The gates are old now and stayed in the stuck-open position for several months in 2009 to make repairs.
After the 1938 hurricane, shipbuilding moved inland to the Quonset Point Army-Navy base in Rhode Island and the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy.
We have got to question the decision by Gov. Deval Patrick and the leaders on Beacon Hill to propose building a $36 million ocean wind turbine port (New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal) behind the hurricane barrier. The tidal surge from Hurricane Bob was 28 feet at the hurricane barrier with wind speeds of 106 mph.
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