SANDWICH (CBS) – Demolition crews chipped away at a home along Salt Marsh Road in Sandwich, uninhabitable after it was swept into the ocean by coastal flooding after Monday’s storm.
It was a terrifying sight for those who live steps away, seeing the home toppled over and exposed.READ MORE: 34-Year-Old Man Dies After Hit-And-Run In Bridgewater
“It’s definitely very scary,” said neighbor Susan Jason. “It certainly tugs at your heartstrings a little bit because a lot of people’s property suffered some serious damage.”
Beachfront homes gave way, collapsing after being battered by intense winds and rain.
Sandwich Fire Chief John Burke says erosion along the shoreline has long been a problem here.READ MORE: Franklin Man Allegedly Driving 142 MPH Arrested In New Hampshire
“The storm did sneak up on us a little bit in terms of you know major storms we see damage like this, this was moderate, ” Burke said. “But again, with compounding storms over the last couple of years, even moderate storms can turn into major ones and in terms of damage as you can see here.”
Damaged beyond repair, crews started tearing down one home, with two others to go.
“We feel lucky if we can get by a nor’easter or winter without any significant damage,” said neighbor Elise Burden.
Neighbors say the area is a perfect getaway, especially during a pandemic, up until the storm hit.MORE NEWS: 800 Nurses At St. Vincent Hospital In Worcester Preparing To Strike
Firefighters were worried because people were using their summer homes full-time during the pandemic, but everyone was able to evacuate before the storm.