BOSTON (AP) — The icy flooding on many Boston streets during this week’s storm was caused by a record high tide.

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Flooding in Boston’s Seaport District during the Blizzard of 2018 (Photo credit: Mass. State Police)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration verified Friday that water levels at the federal agency’s Boston tide gauge reached a peak of 4.89 feet above the average of highest tide readings for the day.

Related: Boston Flooding ‘Caught A Lot Of Neighborhoods By Surprise,’ Mayor Walsh Says

That broke the record of 4.82 feet above, set during the infamous Blizzard of ’78 in February of that year.

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The flooded ramp to Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston (Image courtesy of Alex DeFronzo)

The flooding sent large trash containers floating down Boston streets, forced the shutdown of a subway station as water cascaded down the steps and prompted rescues of people trapped in cars and homes in Boston and several other Massachusetts communities by rapidly rising waters.

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