UPDATE: Hurricane Irene expected to limit vehicle ferry service to Peaks Island, reduce mainland parking

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PORTLAND — Casco Bay Lines announced Thursday that it expects vehicle ferry service to Peaks Island to be suspended at some point on Sunday, Aug. 28, because of Hurricane Irene.

Sunday’s Bailey Island Cruise and Bailey Island Noontime Cruise have been canceled, the ferry service said in an email.

Scheduled passenger service will operate, weather permitting, although service interruptions to all islands are likely if there are sustained winds greater than 30 knots (34.5 mph).

Commercial freight shipments, delivered Saturday and Sunday, will most likely be held for shipment on Monday or Tuesday. Personal freight and groceries will be shipped on a case-by-case basis.

On Friday, the ferry service said the city is recommending that people move their vehicles from the Island Resident Parking Zone along Thames and Hancock Streets in anticipation of a storm surge. Either the Ocean Gateway Garage or the upper decks of the Custom House Garage are suggested alternatives.

People who park in the Casco Bay Lines garage will notice parking cones along the lowest deck of the garage, marking spaces that will not be available in anticipation of a storm surge.

Updates, if necessary, will be available via the ferry service’s automated phone system, website, and Facebook page.

Updated on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

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