Plum Island Preparing for Another Storm - NECN

Plum Island Preparing for Another Storm



    Plum Island preparing for another storm

    Area still hasn't recovered from Nor'easter 10 days ago; 40 homes at risk; 6 already demolished (Published Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014)

    (NECN: Deanna Morgan, Plum Island, Mass.) – Plum Island hasn’t recovered from the Nor’easter 10 days ago, so this latest storm is the last thing people need.

    An excavator is pushing some rocks up behind one home to provide some separation between the house and the water to prevent any further damage from happening.

    Another house is going to be physically moved away from the water, which should hopefully prevent any really bad damage from happening.

    With the threat of this storm, we really don’t know what’s going to happen. We just have to wait and see.

    It’s the calm before the storm right now. Even the smallest storm could cause serious damage on Plum Island.

    Work continues all along the beach to try and save homes from being swept into the ocean. Boulders were being pushed in front of at least one home where erosion caused extensive damage.

    At least 12 homes have been declared unsafe. Owners have lost occupancy permits because they’re so close to the water; 40 homes are at risk; 6 have been demolished. The most recent was taken down Friday.

    Homeowners are in disbelief. Homes survived the blizzard of ’78, but now homeowners say the government hasn’t done enough to help.

    State officials say there may be some emergency funding for homeowners in this situation. This hasn’t been confirmed.

    There’s also going to be a volunteer beach cleanup on March 25.