Molly A.K. Connors for The Boston Globe
When high tide rolled in at about 8:30 this morning at the Old Scituate Lighthouse, people struggled to keep their balance in the strong winds as they took in scenes of crashing waves and the partially flooded parking lot.
"It's fabulous," said Karen McDonald, 56, of Scituate, who was snapping pictures with her cellphone. "Every big storm I come."
Along the harbor, nature put on a spectacular show. Howling winds and waves pounded the seawalls. Some low-lying areas were also flooded, but it was largely business as usual around town.
"We’re pretty well-equipped as a town to handle this kind of thing," said Al Bangert, director of public works in Scituate. “It’s not a crisis.”
Bangert said he hadn't heard of any power losses in town. His crews were cleaning up a few trees that had lost limbs or been uprooted, he said.
Flooding blocked parts of Rebecca and Lighthouse roads. Bangert said crews were waiting for the tide to recede before removing rocks and other debris.
Bangert also said he anticipated no extra cost to the town – crews were simply being diverted from their normal work to handle the storm cleanup.
Out at Scituate Light, McDonald was joined by her friend Kathy Young, a 60-year-old Scituate resident, who also wasn’t fazed by the weather.
Young said this was the first storm in a while where she did not need to worry about friends’ homes suffering serious damage from the water.
"It's a lot more mild" than a typical February storm, Young said. "I had 57 inches of water in '78, so I know what it's like.’’
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