A storm surge propelled by a late winter storm pummeled the Northeast, causing widespread coastal flooding and destroying or severely damaging at least a dozen homes in Massachusetts, officials said.
The building inspector from Newbury, about 40 miles northeast of Boston, spent Saturday surveying damage in the city's Plum Island neighborhood, where at least two homes battered by strong waves crumpled into the surf and others were threatened, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesman Peter Judge told the Los Angeles Times.
Officials planned to look closely at three or four homes Saturday, he said, “with a strong possibility that they’ll be torn down.”
“They’re just not safe,” Judge said, adding that the loss of the homes didn’t come as a surprise.
“It was one of those not if, but when scenarios,” he said. “The waves, for a long time now, have been pretty much beating at the foundation and underpinnings."