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Coastal Residents Brace For Flooding, Erosion Ahead Of Storm

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BOSTON (CBS) – From Newbury to Scituate, residents are bracing for a long-duration storm with the threat of major beach erosion and coastal flooding.

In Newbury, Mark Greenberg is bracing for the storm. With his deck now exposed, it took an emergency declaration to allow crews to once again fill massive sandbags to try to beat back the tides, work that began before the latest forecast.

But on Plum Island it seems to be one step forward and several steps back with punishing storms that have left several homes vulnerable to the ocean.

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Tom Nee put pilings in to brace his home that lost a deck in last month’s storm. Nee’s home is riddled with stress fractures and has been declared uninhabitable.

The Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation declared a weather emergency parking ban on DCR’s Winthrop Shore Drive and Revere Beach Boulevard beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

On the South Shore, the Town of Scituate canceled school for Thursday before the first flakes began to fly.

“We have been advised that coastal flooding during three tide cycles will be more severe that of Storm Nemo,” the town’s emergency management said in an email Wednesday.

Tides are expected to be extremely high for high tides at 6:51 a.m. Thursday and 7:35 p.m. and on Friday at 7:56 a.m.

“Coastal residents are strongly advised to evacuate no later than three hours before high tide. If you remain you do so at your own risk and peril,” the town said.

A shelter at Scituate High School opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

The town has also banned non-emergency travel on coastal areas.

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