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And The Answer Is…

Yesterday, “06880” wondered what’s up with a contraption recently attached to the side of the downtown Post Road bridge.

Speculation poured in. Some readers were serious. Others were (we hope) joking.

Within hours, the mystery was solved. According to 1st Selectman Jim Marpe:

Steve Doig wins the prize for best response.  The U.S. Geological Survey is installing a network of tidal gauge and storm surge monitoring stations for coastal Connecticut, and they just installed this device on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge.

It was funded entirely at the federal level.  Westport’s outstanding emergency management director (and fire chief), Andy Kingsbury, has been working with the USGS and other state and federal agencies to improve our storm surge monitoring, warning, mitigation  and prevention capabilities. The http address in Steve’s posting is the correct one for accessing real-time data on the Saugatuck River height at Post Road.

Thanks, Jim — for letting us know, and keeping Westport safe.

Thanks too to Steve, for nailing the answer. What’s particularly impressive is that the 1960s Staples athletic star has spent the past 18 years in Phoenix. He’s the Knight Chair in Journalism professor at Arizona State University.

A place where no one worries about high tides or storm surges.

The mystery has been solved.


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