Electrical Storm Sparks Fires, Floods Roads

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Topics: Storms

A car splashes its way through a huge puddle on Stage Harbor Road, Chatham.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

ORLEANS —A severe thunderstorm moved through the Lower and Outer Cape Thursday morning, flooding major roadways, causing localized power outages, and sparking several house fires.

A fire/rescue vehicle sat in high water outside Stop and Shop.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

A fire/rescue vehicle sat in high water outside Stop and Shop.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

The storm brought down a number of tree branches and wires, including one wire that blocked Route 6 in Orleans between Exit 12 and the rotary; at the same time, downpours flooded Route 6A in the area of Cape Cod Ready Mix, causing extreme traffic delays.

Frequent lightning struck a number of trees and structures, including a home under construction on Overlook Circle in Nauset Heights, Orleans. Another small blaze was extinguished in a barn off Beach Road in Orleans.

The heavy rainfall flooded a number of parking lots in Orleans, including one at Friends’ Marketplace and another at Stop and Shop.

A power outage caused the Orleans Council on Aging to close the senior center for the day Thursday. It was expected to resume normal operations on Friday.

The heavy rain also prompted town officials to prohibit shellfishing in Town Cove and Nauset Estuary in Orleans, Ryder’s Cove, Crow’s Pond and Bassing Harbor in Chatham and in all of Pleasant Bay. Heavy rains wash contaminants into the waterways, which can be picked up by shellfish.

Looking like the 1960s Amphicar that could travel on land and water, a more conventional vehicle braves the waves near Papa Gino's.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

Looking like the 1960s Amphicar that could travel on land and water, a more conventional vehicle braves the waves near Papa Gino's.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

Jeremiah Square returned to its roots as Jeremiah's Gutter after the storm.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

Jeremiah Square returned to its roots as Jeremiah's Gutter after the storm.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

Access to Bridge Road was cut off by a fallen tree.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

Access to Bridge Road was cut off by a fallen tree.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

The storm turned this Rock Harbor Road lawn into a lagoon.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

The storm turned this Rock Harbor Road lawn into a lagoon.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

A probable lightning strike ignited this blaze on Overlook Circle, Orleans.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

A probable lightning strike ignited this blaze on Overlook Circle, Orleans.  ED MARONEY PHOTO