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Merrimack Valley

January 4, 2014

Furious waves gouge dunes at beach


“There was some wild surf,” Cook said. “We had some wave splash over on Broadway and in the 200 block along North End Boulevard. We had to close Beach Road and Ferry Road for about an hour, because they flooded in their usual trouble spots. But we don’t expect any erosion on the beach.”

In Seabrook, the 1 p.m. high tide, coupled with the storm surge, caused similar issues. There was some flooding at the beach at Ashland and Hooksett streets, problem areas in past storms, as well as along River and Cross Beach Road, according to Town Manager Bill Manzi.

Emergency Management Director Joe Titone and Public Works Manager John Starkey had been monitoring for coastal flooding since the storm was forecast, Manzi said, and are still working.

“DPW crews worked through the night and they’re still plowing,” Manzi said yesterday. “They’re salting and sanding and will continue to make the roads as safe as possible. They’ve done a good job. Overall the system held up.”

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