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Seawall Breach, Flooding Hit Snowstorm-Battered Coastal Communities

Some roads in Boston and parts of Scituate saw high water levels at high tide



    Homes along the beach in Marshfield, Massachusetts, have been condemned after the seawall was breached at high tide in the morning and afternoon during Tuesday's blizzard. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015)

    Significant flooding and at major seawall breaches were reported across several coastal Massachusetts communities Tuesday, as a crippling snowstorm continues to slam the region. 

    Police in Marshfield, one of numerous Massachusetts communities dealing with flooding, confirmed that a major seawall breach from high tides in the morning and evening, which caused structural damage to homes, with several being condemned.

    The entire island of Nantucket is without power as the flood waters rise.

    One resident said the flooding in Marshfield is the worst he's seen in the 15 years he's lived there. The breach was reported on Bay Avenue. 


    In Nantucket, the National Grid said high winds are causing a major issue, as is the salt spray.

    "It's normal for them to have flooding during a Nor'easter but it's not usually this bad," Dave Fronzuto, of Nantucket Emergency Management, told NBC News. "The long duration of the storm is what's really hurting them."

    Fire crews were reportedly trying to rescue one resident whose home was surrounded by water and downed power lines.

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    There are preliminary reports that a portion of the seawall at Hummarock Island in Scituate has collapsed as well.

    On Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Beach Road at Heart Haven is closed to Edgartown due to high winds and flooding. In Vineyard Haven, State Road in both directions is closed due to high winds and ocean splash over.

    Massachusetts State Police said Quincy Shore Drive inbound between Furnace Brook and Fenno Street in Quincy is closed because of flooding, as is Morrissey Boulevard both ways between Freeport Street and UMass-Boston.

    There were also reports of flooding in Newburyport.