High tide floods roads in Marshfield, Sandwich
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) – Ocean Street in the Brant Rock section was under three feet of water Friday morning and into the night due to multiple high tides, forcing police and DPW crews to block it off from public access.
The seawalls were battered and splintered and rocks littered the middle of the road carried up by the surf.
“Today, it’s an absolute mess in Marshfield. Down by the coast, it’s completely flooded. It’s impassable; we’ve had trouble even with the Humvees we have. We had trouble getting through there,” said Lt. Arthur Shaw, Marshfield Police Department.
Three hours after the high tide, some places were still submerged in water.
People are being urged to stay away from the shore. The Marshfield Public Library and the town hall are being used as warming centers.
The National Guard made a couple of rescues in Marshfield's Brant Rock section Friday morning. A mail truck was stuck under water and debris, and the National Guard had to rescue the driver.
“Yes [there was a postal employee in the truck] and there was a woman in a pickup truck. So they were able to get rescued successfully, no injuries,” said a National Guardsman.
Sandwich saw flooding on coastal roads; the storm surge was greater Friday morning than it was at high tide Thursday night.
“We do have some homes damaged. And the homes that were damaged in the previous storm are showing more signs of damage,” an official in Sandwich said.
A homeowner is Sandwich told 7News over the past several years beaches have lost about 50 feet of dune.
“There will be significant dune loss again, but right now it doesn’t look like any of the houses are going to be compromised,” one man said.
Sandwich’s landmark boardwalk was partially submerged at high tide on Friday. Town officials will now have to assess the damage.
“We came down to see [the powerful surf]. We have no power again, and decided to come down and check it out,” said one resident.