Long Beach status: sand creeps back, no stairs, more damage at seawall and walkway
Photo journal documenting rapid damage and repairs post trio of winter storms as of May 2018.
is creeping back, truly. (view looking across to Gloucester side)
(sand migrating back- view looking to Rockport– see 2017 post about Long Beach annual shifting sands )
beach erosion was significant
Spring tides slam the Long Beach seawall.
photo: A tree tossed up like a toothpick atop the rip rap helps to illustrate the ocean’s twice daily whollops.
vulnerable spots clearly visible to the naked eye (I marked up two with red lines)
When the seawall opened up and heavy concrete sections balanced like hanging chads or individual playing cards, I was not surprised. The massive promenade had shown signs of strain. Small fissures and tiny holes were noticeable before the winter storms accelerated its decline. Water finds a way in at high tides. The manmade wall is noticeably shifting and rumbling at a greater pace. Holes, cracks and breaks along the seawall expand, and new ones erupt. I can’t help conjuring up comparisons to Yellowstone’s boiling and unpredictable surface. I imagine stakeholders are mapping details of their immediate landscape. Though beaten down, the promenade is walkable and sturdy. Tiny holes do expand rather alarmingly.
and another (filled)- the cone eventually dropped beneath the path
more photos (before-afters, repairs, boulder pyres, stairs or lack thereof, and nuisance popples) and videos of seawall ramparts giant boulder shuffle
Rockport DPW is out there, that’s for sure.
April 17, 20, and 27 2018
railing bowed out (after sinkhole emergency repairs)
White spray paint
I’m not sure what the new white spray paint markings indicate but they do space out to the width of the repaired section. Perhaps they’ll dig back to the white lines and fill in.
There are a few bare rip rap patches because Rockport DPW shifted boulders as a bulwark against seawall collapse.
Most of the boulders they used were trucked to the Gloucester entrance near Cape Ann Motor Inn, laboriously shuffled to heavy equipment, then raced and placed to beat the incoming tides.
Beach access is at either end. There are NO functioning pedestrian staircases along its breadth. People hop the caution tape on the few lurched remainders.
Emergency repairs included new stairs up to the seawall on the Gloucester side. Rumors suggest they were installed via a Federal Emergency grant, Rockport DPW or Gloucester DPW. (I can confirm that it wasn’t Gloucester DPW.) They were roughed up immediately.
Popples from the destroyed barrier between Long Beach and Pebble Beach landed on the sands at Long Beach outer edges and tucked into the rip rap. On the Rockport end they dissipate by 106 Long Beach. Will they string out like a necklace the entire length of the beach? Mother nature is unpredictable.