Scituate, Mass. Braces for Another Nor'easter | NECN

Scituate, Mass. Braces for Another Nor'easter



    Coastal flooding and erosion are major concerns with this next storm (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN: Josh Brogadir, Scituate, Mass.) - There's already a strong wind blowing off the water.

    Evacuation is requested three hours before the high tide which would be about 4 a.m., but people here don't like to go if they don't feel like they have to.

    Father and son Mike and Anthony Caputo, asked to evacuate, instead hunkering down as they always do when a nor'easter approaches their seaside Scituate, Mass. home.

    "This isn't a place we haven't been before here you know, we've been here a long time. We're survivors, you know?" Mike Caputo said.

    As the surf crashes on their back deck and shakes their house, working overtime in their basement are sump pump one, two, and three, plus a permanently out of work boiler that didn't stand a chance in that February blizzard when the water line reached halfway up this wall.

    "It was probably up to here, somewhere around right here," said Anthony Caputo showing a line about halfway up his chest.

    Water crashed all along the vulnerable, east facing coastline, splashing over the sea wall.

    Some of the waves were a bit too close for photographer comfort.

    Erosion and flooding are expected to be the issue once again for this fourth major storm of the season.

    "We do expect severe flooding, and that's going to occur over three tidal periods, the worst of which we anticipate will be Friday morning," said Scituate town administrator Patricia Vinchesi.

    Scituate High School opened as a shelter from the storm at 8 p.m., and the district has cancelled classes for Thursday - smiling faces for the kids if not their parents, who worry about their neighbors.

    "We saw some houses just the past week that really took a beating in the last storm, so I just feel bad for them as far as when they try to rebuild, sometimes it's just not worth it," said Gail Conley of Scituate.

    The Caputos are not alone, though, for Russ Totman, it seems very close but there's a road between water and house.

    "We never get any water at all here, it came right up to the wall out in front here, that's it," Russ Totman said.

    And so why live this life along the coast, knowing this will happen again and again?

    "You know, the summertime makes this all go away," said Mike Caputo.

    Questions have often been asked if people are even using the shelter.

    Vinchesi says 165 stayed at the Feb. 9 blizzard.