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Scituate prepares for more flooding on Monday

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 4, 2012 11:32 AM

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Although there has only been minor flooding in Scituate with the storm thus far, town officials are preparing for worse Monday afternoon and evening.

According to Fire Chief Richard Judge, high tide is expected to be at noon Monday with a height of 12’3”. The winds, which were blowing northerly Sunday night, have started to blow northeast this morning, which is worse for the shoreline.

“We’re expecting it to be a bit higher than last night,” Judge said.

According to Judge, the Cape Cod basin has been filling up with water, with the winds keeping the water in place. As such, each subsequent high tide is higher than the last.

“We’re on top of it though. Hopefully we don’t have anything bad happen,” Judge said.

Sunday night, water crested over Cole Parkway and flooded into the parking lot. Spots in Humarock and on Lighthouse Point were flooded, but overall wasn’t too bad.

Although flooding may get worse throughout Monday, Judge doesn’t foresee anything dire.

“The water is going to come over to the streets. We don’t anticipate any damage to houses. It will just be a nuisance,” Judge said. “And the people down there know enough to move their cars out of the low area. We wait two hours and it goes away.”

The most difficult part to this afternoon portion of the storm will be dealing with sightseers, Judge said.

People who come down to watch the water often get their cars stuck in low-lying areas, and don’t use caution around the waves.

“They want to stand on the seawall and have the waves go over them. So it turns into a traffic problem,” he said. “The nice part when it happens at midnight is most people are in bed.”

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