Coastal towns prepare for flooding
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Heavy winds are expected to collide with high tide on Monday, causing a concern for flooding in coastal towns, including New Bedford.
In Westport the high tide has already brought water levels almost to the tipping point.
“I do think this is gonna be the real deal for people right on the coast,” said a resident.
Hurricane Sandy is now expected to bring the water here at least six feet higher than normal, high enough for the harbormaster to have to batten down his office.
“We had to tie it down, if it gets too high we'll have to open the door and let the water in,” said Richie Earl, Westport Harbormaster.
The last boats are being hauled to dry land and there's a last ditch effort to try and save property.
One waterfront restaurant is taking extreme measures by cutting holes in the floorboards to let the water through.
“This building could potentially lift off its pilings which it did in 1938,” said Sal Leoda, who was storm proofing the restaurant.
With the storm barreling closer, commercial fishing captains have called it a day, tying down their boat and hoping Sandy doesn't take them with her.
“What happens, happens. Can't change the weather. We'll just deal with it,” said boat captain, Dave Grace.