South Shore Preparing For Thursday Storm

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A section of sea wall in Marshfield. (Lana Jones/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

MARSHFIELD (WBZ-AM) -- The type of storm that is expected to hit the area Thursday usually does a number on the shoreline in Marshfield--so the town is doing everything it can to prepare.

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Department of Public Works Director Tom Reynolds told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones they're particularly worried about flooding.

"With the high tides, I think they're looking at a 10-and-a-half, 11 [foot water level]," he said. "So we're concerned about the flooding in the Brant Rock area specifically ... depending on what time the storm hits and the tides, and the wind, and what direction the wind is coming out of all plays a role."

The storm will put new sea walls, installed after the winter of 2015 from Brant Rock to Ocean Bluff, to the test. Reynolds said the old walls lasted a long time, and expects these new walls to last even longer.


"Those areas have held up very well," he said. "Considering that these sea walls were built in the early 1900s, they've held up for a long time without additives and steel and things that go into sea walls which we use nowadays. Hopefully they'll last even longer than the seventy-plus years that they've been there now."

In recent years, Eversource has been aggressively cutting back trees to prevent power outages from falling branches. But Reynolds said the recent weather has added a new wrinkle.

"With the cold weather now, the trees are stiff and easy to break, so if we get high winds, we're concerned about trees down, too," he said.

Reynolds said they don't quite know what to expect yet, and will have a better idea of how the storm is tracking on Wednesday. In the meantime, he says the plows and sanders are ready, and they'll deal with whatever comes to them.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Lana Jones reports



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