Erosion Likely Result Of Two-day Storm
Tides were high
Friday morning but the wind had dropped considerably from Thursday,
leading to fewer problems than anticipated.
flooding was evident along east-facing shorelines, and high water
continued to erode exposed areas, especially along Chatham's eastern
At high tide Friday,
Pleasant Bay waters were lapping at the pavement of Route 28 at Head of
the Bay, but the flooding was not severe enough to close the road.
Roadways in North Chatham were flooded for the second day in a row, and
both Scatteree and Strong Island town landings continued to erode.
The lower parking lot at the fish pier was also flooded. The camps
on North Beach Island appeared to be in place.
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report in Thursday's paper.
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pounded the coast Thursday causing extensive erosion to shorelines
already weakened by last month's blizzard.
A house on Pleasant
Bay in East Harwich flooded and several roads in the North Chatham area
were under water early in the day. Tides retreated little as the morning
wore on, continuing to pound the shoreline with heavy waves well past
Wind gusts of 44
miles per hour were reported at Chatham Airport. The wind was steady at
35 to 40 miles per hour at the Coast Guard Station, where a storm
warning flag was flying. Officials warned that the high winds could
bring power outages to the area. As of noon, 89 customers were without
power in Harwich, while NSTAR reported three customers without power in
The storm was
expected to last into Friday, encompassing at least two more high tides.
“It's not good,” said
Chatham Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon. “This duration is going to
Sand placed at the
Strong Island town landing after extensive erosion there in the February
blizzard was gone, he said. The sand was expected to be “sacrificial”
and at offered somewhat of a buffer against further erosion, he said.
Water was flowing
beneath the boathouse at Cotchpinicut and pounding barriers at Scatteree.
The outline of the remaining North Beach Island camps could still be
seen through the rain, mist and occasional wet snow. Keon said while the
island is likely to flood extensively, most of the camps are on sturdy
pilings and should survive. The Gould camp, however, rests on cribbing.
“That is the one I
think could be more vulnerable,” he said.
Conditions made it
impossible to view the new break in South Beach from the mainland, but
Keon said recent indications were that the cut remained open at all
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