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Scituate focuses on storm's damage to seawall, area homes

Posted by Your Town  December 28, 2010 11:02 AM

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Scituate town officials are scheduled to hold a news conference today to discuss the extensive flooding and damage to a seawall caused by this week's snow storm.

Town officials say there apparently was a breach in the seawall, between 7th and Eleventh Avenue. Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi is scheduled to hold a press conference in Scituate at 12.

Scituate was the hardest hit of area communities, suffering flooding and fire damage. Flooding in forced the evacuation of dozens of residents.

A spokesman for the state emergency management agency, Peter Judge, told the Globe that Scituate, a South Shore town that has lost numerous homes to the sea over the years, may have suffered the worst of it. “Scituate seems to be in the bull’s-eye,’’ he said.

Yesterday, area residents found shelter it Scituate High School after evacuations started in the Scituate waterfront at 5 a.m. According to two residents on Jericho Road, the water rapping on the side of their house woke them up.

“The water was up to here inside,” said Carmen Tirado with her hand up to her neck. “Everything floating.”

“We’ve had it high before, but it wasn’t that high. Never,” agreed Robert Ali, who lives with Tirado.

“We got up at 2:30 a.m. in the morning and heard the water. But out the window, everything was dark. When the cars started floating by, and water splashing the house [we knew something was wrong],” Ali said.

“The water was coming so high up the wall. The streets, everything was flooded. They couldn’t do nothing,” Tirado said.

According to Tirado, the first floor of the department sustained severe damage. National Guard members helped evacuate many of their neighbors from their homes.

According to Cathy Mooney, who lives on 6th Avenue, the pops from the nearby fire woke the family up. When they looked out the window, they could see the blaze.

“I was just saying oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,” Mooney said.

The couple was evacuated because of the fire, which was four houses away from their own.

Click here for photos of the damage in Scituate.

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