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March 12, 2013

Cape Ann still picking up the pieces

A month of storms takes toll on Cape Ann

Five weeks after the Blizzard of 2013 left its mark on Cape Ann, and just days after a surprisingly fierce snowstorm and storm surge, residents, officials and business owners around Cape Ann are continuing to pick up the pieces.

Topping the list is a sling litany of erosion and seawall damage, city and town officials said.

In Gloucester, the storm surge this past weekend coupled with damage done by the Blizzard of 2013 has delivered significant damage to the Lane’s Cove Seawall, according to Mike Hale, the Director of the Department of Public works for the city.

”The Lanes Cove seawall is a much bigger issue today than it was after Nemo,” he said;, referring to the name given the Blizzard by The Weather Channel last month. Also, the wall breached during last Friday’s storm also suffered damage in 2010.

Hale said the water did not recede out of the cove as fast as it normally does, which could have a significant impact on Lane’s Cove.

Hale said there are no numbers yet as to how much damage the city will have to pay for and what the financial implications will be, city officials continue to meet with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with the disaster.

He also plans to discuss the safety of moorings in the cove with the city’s harbormaster.

In addition, Good Harbor Beach, namely the sand dunes and sidewalks suffered heavy erosion, Hale said.

Brad Pierce, who manages the Cape Ann Motor Inn which sits on the Gloucester side of Long Beach, literally lost a portion of his business to the recent storm.

Pierce lost large sections of a stairwell and deck between Friday’s storm and over the weekend, estimating the damage at around $40,000 when an insurance representative visited Monday.

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