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



    Assessing Storm Damage on the Cape

    Cape Cod is still dealing with damage from the last storm while preparing for another.

    (Published Monday, March 5, 2018)

    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.

    Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    [NATL] Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    Margaret Newsum, 93, had no idea that the Camp Fire was rapidly approaching her Magalia home until her caretaker left for the day and she turned on the television. She was quickly rescued by her friend Dane Ray Cummings, who decided to break company policy and rescue Newsum with his Waste Management truck. KCRA reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018)

    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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