Erosion an issue along Cape Cod beaches - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Erosion an issue along Cape Cod beaches

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EASTHAM, MA (WFSB) -

From Superstorm Sandy to some of the nastiest winter storms in years, the coastline up and down New England has been walloped.

At Cape Cod, the beach has changed considerably since those storms, and now erosion has become a huge problem.

"We did suffer a tremendous amount of erosion that really came in one fell swoop," said U.S. park ranger George Price.

The already fragile Cape coast took a beating. On Tuesday, Eyewitness News saw sand dunes along Coast Guard Beach torn to pieces and some are exposed to open water.

The Coast Guard Beach boardwalk down to the beach is still sand covered. They had to reroute the access area and some beaches where the erosion is too steep are inaccessible right now.

But aside from some minor inconveniences, everything should be ready by summer.

"We have a contractor on board that is going to reinstall the stairs," Price said.

The Sandwich boardwalk is still being repaired for summer. Some homes were undermined, and parking lots caved in.

"Just the erosion, when you go to the beach you used to see a certain dune as you can see they're being eaten away from the storms," said Tom Hester, of Tom Hester Real Estate, about the erosion at the Cape's bayside, which has some of the worst.

Tom and Laura Hester took Eyewitness on one of their beaches Tuesday, which has made huge progress in recovery.

"The towns do have budgets set aside to address these items, especially to get the beaches back in order for the summer season," said Laura Hester.

The Hesters told Eyewitness News there are summer rentals still available throughout most of the Cape. It's also a good time to buy that summer house.

The businesses in many of the villages suffered minimal damage. The biggest inconvenience, according to the locals, will be finding a spot to sit on some of the beaches.

"They have to play the tide because at high tide there's no place to sit," said Roy Buck, of Dennis.

Price said he expects all of the beaches along the national seashore to be accessible by the summer.

The Cape Cod Times has provided Eyewitness News with the following links to pictures of some of the erosion at the local beaches.

  • Hurricane Sandy Hits Cape --> http://bit.ly/14W2Fjd
  • HHurricane Sandy Aftermath --> http://bit.ly/Zn6I0z
  • Storm Blows Through Cape --> http://bit.ly/12nt0Qd
  • Blizzard of 2013 --> http://bit.ly/18qfmza
  • Storm Cleanup & Erosion --> http://bit.ly/ZA73AB

For more information about Cape Cod's beaches, click the following link.

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