QUINCY (CBS) – The Mayor of Quincy said Friday’s powerful nor’easter was the worst the city has seen in decades.
“As far as a coastal storm, this is the worst since the Blizzard of ’78,” said Mayor Thomas Koch, adding that “across the board this is the most damaging, and I’m very concerned about the infrastructure damage.”READ MORE: Retired professor runs Prison Book Program, giving inmates opportunities to learn
Residents of one Quincy neighborhood were thankful to be rescued after Friday’s nor’easter left them stranded.
The National Guard made more than 100 rescues from the area of Sea Street on Friday. Rescues have continued into the day Saturday.
“It’s a total mess down there. I’m glad we’re out of there,” said resident Kyle O’Keefe.
“All our stuff is messed up but this is all that matters.”
The mayor said there were no serious injuries in the city related to the storm. He also expects schools to be open on Monday.READ MORE: Massachusetts gas prices now at record high $4.60 a gallon
A total of 5,700 Quincy residents are without power as of Saturday.
Sea Road is the only way in and out of the neighborhood.
The entire neighborhood is without power and it’s not clear when residents will be able to return.
A front loader was removing debris from the area on Saturday.
Anyone in Houghs Neck who is safe was asked to shelter in place.
Shelters are set up at Quincy High School and Atherton Hough Elementary School for anyone in need. About 50-60 people took advantage of the shelters.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
“We’re going to do everything we can as a city, to make it as smooth and as easy as possible under these difficult circumstances for these families,” the mayor said.