• Coastal communities deal with flooding after storm


    SCITUATE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Some coastal communities in Massachusetts are dealing with flood waters after a Nor'easter dumped up to 2 feet in some areas.

    Viewers in Scituate and Marshfield sent in photos of flooded streets Friday afternoon. One photo taken in the Brant Rock village of Marshfield showed water and ice up to a car's hood.

    Video from SkyFox large chunks of ice in the yards of some homes and people kayaking in the Sand Hill section of Scituate. Streets were also flooded and water could be seen up to the middle of the doors on some buildings.

    During the storm, concerns were focused around high tides expected at 11 a.m. Thursday, as well as midnight and 12 p.m. Friday. Widespread minor coastal flooding and areas of moderate flooding were anticipated, especially in Boston and the South Coast.

    Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency urged residents along the coast to listen closely to their local officials in the event of flooding.

    The town of Scituate asked residents to evacuate before high tide Thursday night. Scituate High School was opened at 6 p.m. as a shelter for displaced residents.

    Town Administrator P.A. Vinchesi released the following statement Friday:

    The sky has cleared and water has started to recede but there is still flooding in low lying areas and it will remain so overnight.The shift in wind direction resulted in only moderate flooding for this storm event which helped considerably. Clearing has begun on Central Avenue and River Street in Humarock. Rebecca Road has much debris and this will take a while to clear. Glades Road in Minot has been undermined again and will not be usable for several days.  Some minor damage to homes.

    MEMA will be sending a Rapid Response Assessment Team here and Town staff will work with them on damage assessment, but this will take several days until all waters have receded.

    The Shelter at Scituate High School closed at 3:00 p.m. Front Street has been reopened. Please clear roofs and walks today in anticipation of rain on Sunday and remaining cold temperatures this evening that may still cause power outages.

    This is the last Storm Advisory unless the situation or circumstances warrant it.  Emergency management officials at the state and local level must always evaluate risk assessment and safety when making preparation and response determinations. So far it has resulted in no major injuries or lost lives here in Scituate and we thank you for your support.

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