Mattapoisett, MA, Boat Yard Preparing for Irene | NECN

Mattapoisett, MA, Boat Yard Preparing for Irene



    (NECN: Julie Loncich, Mattapoisett, MA) - At the Mattapoisett Boat Yard in Massachusetts, crews and boats haven't stopped moving.

     "The days have been terrible. We're hauling just as fast as we can," said Arthur McLean, owner of the Mattapoisett Boat Yard.

    Crews have been working around the clock since Wednesday, trying to et as many boats out of Mattapoisett Harbor as possible. They've taken 100 out so far, but still have 100 more left to go.

    Mattapoisett was hit hard during Hurricane Bob. Seas surged 10 to 15 feet, hurling boats and debris.

    "The surge could be, that's our biggest problem. If we have a big surge, than a lot of the boats out of the water could have a big problem," said McLean.

    "Yes, I've been nervous for 3 days," said resident Judy Howley.

    Judy Howley remembers Bob all too well.

    "It's kinds crazy. It's been 20 years since bob. I was pregnant with my son then. I hope it's not as bad," said Howley.

    Howley and her husband will clear their porch and valuables from the first floor.

    Over at Town Hall, town records were also being moved. Twnety years ago, the water came up to the front steps.

    "Our experience back in Bob was pretty extensive, so we're kinda harkening back to that and encouraging people to do the right thing," said Mattapoisett Police Chief Mary Lyons.

    As for McLean, he was here for Bob and for Gloria. He says whether he likes  it or not, he'll be at the boat yard for Irene now too.

    "I'm getting to old for this, I'll tell you that!" said McLean.