Temporary flood barriers installed outside the Atlantic Wharf Tower in Boston
You may have heard about the new flood barriers some businesses in the Seaport District have installed to protect against flood damage. This NECN report explains:
“The portable flood barrier was on display Thursday outside Boston Properties’ Atlantic Wharf Tower. The four-foot-high panels are stored when they are not needed, but can go up in a matter of hours… Certain bricks are removed to help secure the barriers to the ground so when the water rises, it only strengthens the panels on the fence. The fence is sealed off at the last minute before a storm, but employees can still enter and exit the building with temporary walkways to cross over it.”
The portable flood barriers made by AquaFence can be used either outside or inside buildings; and inside tunnels. Founded in Norway in 1999, AquaFence sells its products worldwide. The company claims its products outperform sandbags and other temporary solutions.
Besides Atlantic Wharf in Boston, the barriers are used by a variety of agencies and companies: Massachusetts Port Authority, 1 World Trade Center (New York City), Teterboro Airport (New Jersey), a factory in Bangkok (Thailand), and more.
Temporary flood barriers installed outside a Massachusetts Port Authority building.
Boston Councilor Frank Baker posted the alert below on his Facebook page about park, beach, and road closures given the approaching storm:
“Starting tonight, March 1, 2018, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close all coastal beach reservations, parks, and parking areas, all campgrounds statewide, all agency operated ice rinks and the Cass Recreation Complex, and several parkways in the Greater Boston area, until further notice. Additionally, parking bans will be implemented on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM at the following locations: Hull Shore Drive and Nantasket Avenue in the Town of Hull, Quincy Shore Drive in the City of Quincy; Revere Beach Boulevard in the City of Revere, and Winthrop Shore Drive in the Town of Winthrop. The upcoming closures are due to a forecasted Nor’easter that is expected to deliver heavy precipitation, potential coastal and inland flooding, and strong wind gusts.
WHERE: All coastal beach reservations, parks, and parking areas statewide at 6:00 PM this evening; all campgrounds statewide at 6:00 PM this evening; and all DCR operated ice rinks and the Cass Recreation Complex at 11:00 PM this evening. The following parkways have been scheduled to close or will close if necessary on Friday, March 2, 2018:
- Morrissey Boulevard in the City of Boston from Freeport Street to UMASS (9:00AM);
- Morrissey Boulevard in the City of Boston from Neponset Circle to Freeport Street (if necessary);
- Nahant Causeway in the Town of Nahant (if necessary);
- Nahant Road/Lynn Shore Drive rotary in the Town of Nahant (time to be determined);
- Nantasket Avenue/Hull Shore Drive and extension in the Town of Hull (time to be determined);
- Quincy Shore Drive in the City of Quincy (9:00AM);
- Revere Beach Boulevard and Ocean Avenue in the City of Revere (if necessary);
- William Day Boulevard in the City of Boston (9:00AM);
- Winthrop Shore Drive in the Town of Winthrop (time to be determined); and,
- Winthrop Parkway in the Town of Winthrop at Short Beach (5:30AM).
Parking bans on Friday, March 2, 2018 starting at 8:00 AM: Hull Shore Drive and Nantasket Avenue in the Town of Hull, Quincy Shore Drive in the City of Quincy; Revere Beach Boulevard in the City of Revere, and Winthrop Shore Drive in the Town of Winthrop
WHEN: Beginning on Thursday, March 1, 2018, until further notice.”
Nobody wants the headaches and expensive plumbing bills to repair water damage in your home from water pipes that have frozen and burst. According to experts, local temperatures recently have remained consistently below the threshold at which the risk of frozen pipes rises. According to Consumer Reports, that risk also includes pipes inside your home:
“The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze… Research conducted by the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois shows that the “temperature alert threshold” is 20° F, especially if you have uninsulated pipes running through an uninsulated space. “
Some of the prevention tips:
“Keep garage doors closed… Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors… Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes… Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature…”
Read the full article by Consumer Reports for the complete list of prevention tips, and the explanations for each prevention tip. The article also explains how to safely thaw frozen pipes, so you don’t accidentally start a house fire.
Everyone wants to have a safe Christmas and holiday season. The Boston Fire Department posted the item below on its Twitter page:
You may have little as 15 seconds to flee once a dry tree starts burning. Watch this video on Youtube.