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Scituate begins preliminary storm prep in anticipation of Sandy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 25, 2012 02:37 PM

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As Hurricane Sandy gears up to potentially pummel New England next week, officials in Scituate are making preliminary preparations to deal with the storm.

“We put all protocols in place and been in contact with {Fire Chief Richard] Judge, the emergency management director, and working with town departments and the superintendent. We’ll regroup on Sunday and make any necessary determinations,” Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi said.

Scituate is no stranger to severe storms. Hurricane Irene knocked power out in two-thirds of the town for a few days in August of last year. During a December 2010 Nor’easter, two houses burned down and entire streets were flooded, causing million of dollars in damage.

The memories will serve Scituate well as it braces for the next storm.

“Particularly for Scituate having had so much experience with these events, we know areas that get overwash or flooding, and we’re making sure things we normally need to deploy are in place,” Vinchesi said.

The town is also shoring up the sea wall on Oceanside Drive that was finally set to be repaired this week.

“It was supposed to have its foundation poured yesterday. That was delayed and will be patched up again and [the patching work] will be completed by tomorrow in anticipation of any weather,” Vinchesi said on Thursday.

The town had been waiting for months for galvanized rebar to be made for the sea wall. That, along with the foundation, will be put in in stages after Sandy has passed.

Once things have calmed down again, “then we will take it all out again and do the foundation,” Vinchesi said.

While it is still unclear how severe the storm may be in New England, already Hurricane Sandy has caused significant damage in southeastern Cuba and Jamaica.

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