Earl concerns homeowners along coast
SCITUATE, Mass. -- Earl is causing some coastal concerns on Wednesday for homeowners who live right on the water.
The hurricane was very much on the minds of people who would prefer to be carefree during their last summer days.
“We expect rain and we expect the high waves, and we’ll see what happens,” said one woman.
“We’re used to it in the winter time, but not in the summer time, so this is the first time we’ve actually been here when a hurricane is supposed to be rolling in,” said Shaun Sutcliffe, who is preparing for the storm.
Beach erosion is already a constant battle in Scituate.
“In April or May one storm took all of the sand. We lost three to four feet of sand,” said Joanne Gaffney, who is worried about the beach erosion.
Steps to one home were the latest casualty.
“We fixed them because they were too short from last year because the sand receded that much from last summer, and we fixed them before the Nor’easter last week and they got ruined. We have to use the main stairs, or try to jump,” said one woman.
The damage was enough to prompt other homeowners to take care.
“We’re gonna probably life up these stairs, actually today just in preparation because I think the storm is going to be bad Thursday night into Friday. We’ve lost these stairs five times so this will be the last time I want that to happen,” said Sutcliffe.
Over in Marshfield, the only thing separating the ocean from the homes is a dilapidated seawall.
“Take a look at this. And a storm is coming. Fierce winds and strong rain. I think this is going to worsen the condition of the wall,” said Catherine Finocchiaro.
In May, crews brought in huge boulders as an emergency fix. Now they are hoping the temporary fix will hold them past Earl and into October, when crews are set to build a new replacement wall.
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