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Erosion a Major Concern in Plymouth, Mass.



    Erosion a major concern in Plymouth, Mass.

    With 26 miles of coastline, the town is working very hard to keep it intact (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN: Scot Yount, Plymouth, Mass.) – With this new round of weather, erosion is again a major concern in Plymouth, Mass.

    "We have 26 miles of coastline so we are very concerned about the erosion," said Plymouth Town Manager Melissa Arrighi.

    The work seems never ending.  The town of Plymouth is working hard to keep that 26 miles intact.

    On Long Beach, the earth moving equipment is tasked with removing tons of sand that got blown over the seawalls here, blocking drainage of the all-important Eel River.

    "Once it is all blocked, it creates a quite a bit of upstream flooding so we are trying to alleviate that," said David Gould, Plymouth's Director of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

    There are three areas of concern: Long Beach, Whitehorse Beach and the area of the cliffs in South Plymouth.

    All have taken a battering.

    "We beach and a New England community and a coastal community we have to be able to commit to that and I think the town's people have, every-time we have gone to them seeking funds, for the most part they have supported that," said Arrighi.

    Right now, the storm has cost the town $560,000, and that's not including assistance some 70 homeowners have asked for property damage.

    And those costs could go up.

    "Depending upon the winter we could be out here, two or three or four times, other winters aren't so bad but it's difficult to plan for Mother Nature obviously," said Gould.