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Salisbury, Mass. Police Chief: Beach Is Still Dangerous



    Salisbury, Mass. police chief: Beach is still dangerous

    Thursday morning's high tide has passed, but the nor'easter is sticking around through Friday (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN: Scot Yount, Salisbury, Mass.) "This winter's been a challenge between the blizzard and the storms," said Salisbury Town Police Chief Tom Fowler.

    The blast has passed, but that doesn't mean it is over. In the town of Salisbury, Mass., high tide has come and gone for now, with minimal flooding and damage.

    Earlier you couldn't possibly go down on this beach without being swept away because the waves were so high.

    Once we could get down on the beach, the power of the ocean was still very apparent, and as we have been telling you, the next couple of high tides will be much more powerful.

    "Yeah from experience and the director's experience with the wind the way it is blowing, it is definitely pushing it," said Steve Coffey of the Emergency Management Department.

    Earlier town officials put out the warning to shore residents to evacuate.

    "We wanted to get people out ahead of time, rather than later, because of the problems we had in previous storms," said Bob Cook, Salisbury Town Emergency Manager.

    And it isn't over: At this point the totality of winter's wrath here has taken its toll and emergency directors are hoping it won't get much worse.

    "The beach took a lot of damage from the previous storm on the 8th and 9th of February, consequently all the snow fencing is gone and a lot of the dune has been lost," said Cook.

    A short time after the tidal crest, the town was busy rebuilding the beach. Three loads of sand dumped here to shore up before the next couple of high tides.

    "Luckily the tide wasn't very, very high like we thought it was going to be, I think it is going to build over the next few days or at least the next 24 hours until the high tide tomorrow, so we are still asking people to stay away, not come down here to sight see, because it is a dangerous situation," said the Police Chief.