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Scituate concerned about flooding during Nor'easter

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 8, 2012 04:31 PM

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Scituate officials are looking to the next high tide for flooding concerns as a rainy Nor’easter batters the coast.

Already today there has been some flooding, with Central Avenue in Humarock, as well as Oceanside Drive in the mainland of Scituate, flooding throughout the day.

At 4:30 p.m., water was starting to come over at Oceanside again.

“I’m not sure…what the extent of the flooding will be with the next tide. We do anticipate the flooding with this tide as well,” said Scituate Fire Captain Mark Donovan.

Flooding was so bad in the first high tide today that on Fourth Cliff, one man’s car became stranded in the road, Donovan said. Machinery was also needed to clear the roadway and tow the car.

Sand and seaweed as well as other debris is littering the roadways, and the wind is also wreaking havoc on the coastal parts of town.

“It’s really whipping up down there, so there is some damage, some railings down, and some deck damage. There is a lot of debris in the road,” Donovan said.

Even standing up was difficult outside, Donovan said.

As bad as this storm is to Scituate, it can't compare to Sandy, Donovan said.

“The tides are three feet less than what they were during Sandy. As far as that storm, it went south of us, now it’s going east and north of us, so it will affect the coastline more,” Donovan said. “Inland is doing better this storm. We don’t seem to be having any inland wire calls. They are all east within half a mile of the shore, though at peak this morning and last night there were some further inland. It’s definitely a coastline storm.”

Additional safety personnel are on staff to deal with any issues. According to National Grid’s power outage map, approximately 150 customers in town were without power in the late afternoon.

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