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
Marveling at the tenacity of coastal towns- Cape Ann public works after winter storms are no joke.
Rockport, Mass. The many access stairs for the Long Beach pedestrian walkway are put back each spring. Some years, the landing platforms on the sand side need repair. The 2018 winter storms pummeled each and every access point. Landings on sand and up top, the railings, and treads were entirely stripped. The rebuild for a few of the staircases will remain on hold until their immediate seawall areas are tended.
Water shoes this summer
From there to here: popples and rocks from the decimated barrier wall between Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach were deposited along Long Beach.
Where’s the beach?
Spring 2018, the ocean is several feet deep at the rip rap line every high tide
Evolution of damage at beach barrier
I was recently at the Rockport Art Association for the seARTS annual meeting.
As I headed back to the Art building in the back, old memories passed through my head.
Even though it was cold and rainy, the memories of warm summer nights, heading down to Rockport, to attend the RAA dances. Back then it was a great opportunity for locals to meet kids from out-of-state, who were vacationing with their parents. Some of those memories are another story.
It was amazing that they trusted us in the beautiful surroundings of all that art.
This video clip shows some of the local art today, recommend going down and taking a look, and a clip of how teenagers danced in the 60’s. If you recognize yourself in the video, you may want to keep it to yourself at least that is my intention.
Enjoy a blast from the past.
This video clip shows some of the local art today, recommend going down and taking a look, and a clip of how teenagers danced in the 60’s. If you recognize yourself in the video, you may want to keep it to yourself, at least I am.
Enjoy a blast from the past. (Note: video is from a dance at the GHS not at RAA)