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|Storm batters the beach|
|Tuesday, 23 June 2009 20:48|
Duxbury residents endured a multi-day storm over the weekend which caused damage both on and off land.
Duxbury beach seemed to suffer the most damage from the storm. High winds, an usually high tide, and heavy seas combined to cause erosion on both the ocean and bay side of the beach, according to Harbormaster Don Beers.
Strong seas and wind destroyed a set of stairs at a home on Gurnet Road. The stairs came off the seawall and on to the Duxbury Beach Reservationâ€™s property. The Reservation hired a contractor to collect the stairs that were on their property, and pile them in Blakemanâ€™s. There were 12 stairs in total, some of which were in perfect shape, Beers said.
â€œThe Reservation was being a superior neighbor,â€ he said.
A sustained wind of up to 40 knots combined with a high tide of up to 13 ft has made animal life on the beach a little harder. Many of the Piping Ploverâ€™s nests have been destroyed, and fencing to protect their habitats have also been destroyed, Endangered Species Officer Michael Pforr said.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing you can do to protect the nests from tidal conditions,â€ Pforr said. â€œIf you try to set anything up, they wonâ€™t nest there.â€
The fencing to protect the birds nesting areas will be replaced as soon as possible, he said.
Inside the harbor, there were incidents of boats dragging their moorings, causing them to collide with other boats. One sailboat broke its mooring and had to be removed from Saquish on Monday night, according to the Harbormaster.
â€œItâ€™s an emergency situation (when boats drag their mooring),â€ Beers said. â€œWe have to go and literary move the boats apart.â€
Beers was also weary of people using their boats during bad weather.
â€œPeople donâ€™t necessarily stop using their boats. (They) go out in storms and donâ€™t have experience,â€ Beers said. â€œIt is a matter of public safety.â€ Inexperience boaters are encouraged to stay on dry land until the bad weather has passed.
â€œI think we made out pretty lucky,â€ Beers said. â€œWeâ€™re open for business and looking forward to the weekend.â€
On land, there were several incidents involving trees being blown over during the storm, according to the Duxbury Police Department. There was one transformer that blew (as a result of a tree falling on it). NStarÂ repaired the transformer on Monday.