2 Homes Torn Off Foundations on Plum Island, Mass. - NECN

2 Homes Torn Off Foundations on Plum Island, Mass.



    2 homes torn off foundations on Plum Island, Mass.

    At least a dozen beach front homes are in danger (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN: Scot Yount, Newbury, Mass.) - Two down, how many more to go?  On Plum Island, at least a dozen beach front homes are in danger.

    "We are very concerned, you know it is devastating for the town, devastating for the individual homeowners," said the town's police chief Michael Reilly.

    The latest storm brought high and very powerful tides.  Very early this morning this house literally crashed to the ground, after the beating it took during the previous high tide.

    All along Annapolis way, homeowners are on edge.  They have been embroiled in a legal quagmire for several years with regulatory agencies.

    "This really has upset everyone, certainly if you lost a home because you can't get a permit to do something, that just shouldn't happen in America, never mind Massachusetts," said beach front homeowner Bob Conners.

    "Forty thousand dollars, we spent to save that house" said builder Ron Ricker.

    When homeowners have gotten permits, the work they were able to do at times has not been enough.

    "I thought when we finished working on it that we were good, I didn't think that it would ever go down, and I was shocked to see the power of the ocean and what it could really do," said Ricker.

    And say town residents and officials, it has all come so fast.

    "There used to be three hundred yard of beach before you got to the water and at high tide today this is what we have, over the last 10 years, it has really come fast," said chief Reilly.