Last Week’s Nor’easter Highlights Coast’s Erosion Problem

On the beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts, walkways are resting on jetties, decks have collapsed and one home has been left destroyed and extended into the air in dramatic fashion.

"It breaks my heart [for] the couple here, because we did a major beach restoration project two years ago almost at this exact same time, and they worked really closely with us to give us easements so we could do the work," said Bud Dunham, town manager of Sandwich.

The house on Wood Avenue is extended into the air. The foundation in the back of the building is gone. The fireplace has collapsed, revealing the inside of the home.

Family photos are strewn along the shore, along with magazines, a fly swatter and a woven basket.

The storm that ravaged the area last week exposed an erosion problem that many towns along the Cape has faced for a while now.

In Sandwich, 100 yards of protective dunes are now gone.

"We've been battling this beach problem here in Sandwich for a number of years," said David Sampson.

Out in Orleans, the waves continued to take bites out of the sand on Monday.

The water inched closer to Liam's at Nauset Beach.

"This building has been here since the 1940s and it's going to be torn down on Friday," said John Ohman, owner of the popular seafood spot. The local favorite's 28-year-run has been ended by the storm.

Ohman named the restaurant after his son when he was just 6 months old.

"It's a kick in the teeth," said Liam Ohman. "I did lose a family member today."

Liam says they will rebuild.

He's telling customers to "stay tuned."

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