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    Coastal Residents Concerned About Incoming Storm

    Residents in Marshfield and Duxbury are still dealing with flooding problems following the storm last week

    (Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018)

    Some Massachusetts coastal communities continue to clean up and deal with flooding after Friday's nor'easter tore through the area.

    In Marshfield on Tuesday, residents said the 2 a.m. high tide was the eighth in a row that breached the seawall and shook the neighborhood.

    Work crews spent the morning putting large boulders in place to reinforce it for another storm making its way to New England on Wednesday and into Thursday.

    "So they’re working as quickly as they can to fill in the area," one worker said.

    Further down the coast in Duxbury, property owners and town officials are pitching in to shore up what’s left of their seawall. It buckled Sunday but it was Monday’s tide that took it down.

    "We knew it was going to fail at some point, but we didn’t think it would fail as quickly it did," Duxbury resident Rene Riley said.

    For those left stuck under all that water that rushed in, another storm means more waiting.

    "They’re not even going to be able to pump out of the water now, so they’re gonna wait until Friday morning," said Joe Soares, also a Duxbury resident.

    Soares said despite their property being under several feet of water, his kids will get to school.

    "New form of transportation, took the kids to school on the paddle board across the street and then we picked up the vehicle and drove them in," Soares explained.

    Soares also put that paddle board to good use Monday night to help rescue a delivery driver who became trapped in the high water.

    "People are like, 'Wow, does he have any common sense...? It wasn’t that he just didn’t see it coming,'" Soares said. "The food did not go to waste... we brought it in and it worked out well."

    Soares and his neighbors' properties off Bay Street on the Marshfield/Duxbury line have been underwater since the nor’easter. They're just a block off the beach.

    "It's beyond scary when your house is shaking and pictures are falling off the wall and it feels like the house is going to dance off the foundation," resident David Russell said.

    Wednesday's storm is expected to bring steady, heavy snow to the area and most likely rain near the coast. State emergency officials said they expect minor to moderate flooding and coastal impacts from the storm, especially during Thursday's early morning high tide, which generally happens between 3:30 to 4:30 a.m.

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