2018-03-09 / In the Know

Scarborough largely unscathed by winter storm

A nor’easter that brought widespread flooding and damaging high tides up and down the East Coast left Scarborough relatively unscarred according to town officials.

Gary Sandler, deputy chief for the Scarborough Fire Department, said the most significant damage was to the sea wall at Prouts Neck and he hadn’t heard of any homes that were damaged by flooding.

A member of the Scarborough code enforcement office was scheduled to inspect the damage to the sea wall on Tuesday.

Sandler said the usual areas that flood during severe high tides did so during the most recent storm including Sawyer Street near the Cape Elizabeth town line, Pine Point Road near the Clambake Restaurant and Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Route 1 near Anjon’s.

Sandler said he didn’t know what the cost of cleanup would be for the town but that it “doesn’t sound substantial.”

Michael Shaw, public works director, said the storm wasn’t as bad as the forecast suggested. While winds were predicted to gust up to 55 mph and an inch of rain would fall, he said the reality was closer to winds in the low 40s and about a half-inch of rain. He said for the past 10 years, Scarborough has employed licensed utility arborists to trim roadside trees that are dying or diseased, so that when storms do come there is less damage to homes and power lines.

Public works staff worked to barricade flooded roads and clean the seaweed and debris on Saturday. Shaw said the seaweed was transported in dump trucks to the town’s Holmes Road site and will be mixed with a loam pile.

On Tuesday, public works staff were inspecting plow trucks and discussing parking bans in preparation for a second nor’easter expected to arrive Wednesday night.

Compiled by Staff Writer Grant McPherson.

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