The snowstorm on Feb. 8 and 9, which ranks among the worst in Massachusetts history, is the latest example of Mother Nature’s fury, leaving damage not seen since the Blizzard of ‘78.
Pebble Beach in Rockport was not excepted from the storm’s might. Next
Flooding washed out the road at Gap Head, a scenic spot on Marmion Way.
Popple stones — flat rocks lining Pebble Beach — were swept onto Penzance Road, covering 800 feet or so of the coastal road. Six or seven homes were destroyed or heavily damaged.
A sign (pictured) warned of road closures while work was being done on Marmion Way at Gap Head Cove. Next
Joseph Parisi Jr. (pictured), director of the Town of Rockport’s Department of Public Works, looks over the Popple covered Penzance Road at Pebble Beach in Rockport. Next
Rockport is still tallying damage estimates from this month’s storm, but it will be in the millions.
Once compiled, the numbers will be sent to the state’s emergency management office, which will determine if there is enough damage statewide to apply for federal disaster relief money. Next
If a federal disaster is declared, any money that may flow into Rockport, or any other community, would have to be spent to repair damage caused by the storm.
Pictured: Don Greel, head of operations at the Department of Public Works, at work repairing damage to Marmion Way at Gap Head Cove Next
At White Wharf and Pigeon Cove, pounding surf chipped at tightly stacked seawalls.
At Long Beach, where the seawall has been weakening for decades, heavy waves eroded land. The deep gap caused by the waves is now cordoned off with yellow caution tape. Next
Town workers have been busy clearing debris—mostly rocks and the odd lobster pot—swept onto roads.
The toppled popple stones will be moved to ensure pedestrian safety along Pebble Peach, but washed out roadways won’t be repaved until after the spring thaw.
Pictured: Erosion damage to the road at Bear Skin Neck in Old Harbor. Back to the beginning
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