Well, thankfully we all made i through the storm here on Cape Cod and the Islands. We are so glad everyone was safe albeit lots of power outages around the area made it a little tough. After seeing pictures and taking a drive today we just want to take a minute and be SO THANKFUL that not only are we okay and escaped with no fatalities here on Cape and the Islands, but we are SO THANKFUL that the storm took the left hook when it did-if not it would have been a lot worse for us!
We heard all day yesterday from people all over in a variety of situations. We Cape Codders are definitely a tough bunch, tougher than most. I know lots of people don't think it was the worst we have seen (some of the old timers from the 38 storm etc), however the storm was not a direct hit but it still changed the entire coast for us and definitely did .
There are some major roads that will need repairing and beaches that are pretty much gone! There are inlets to ponds etc that are packed and water can't get in or out thus affecting marine life. This being said, I think it is important for our generation of parents and families to begin to address the huge question GLARING in front of us....
HOW LONG CAN OUR COASTS WITHSTAND THE EROSION HAPPENING AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
This is a huge question and with it carries the fate of our children and future generations. Look at the pictures below and see just SOME of the damage caused by Sandy. There are solutions from all over depending on your viewpoint: beach nourishment, sewering towns, jetties, move inland, etc. All require lots of time and most of all MONEY.
The coast is eroding at an alarming rate and storms like Sandy, although indirect, make a major impact. We can only imagine what a direct impact would do and we hope that never happens! If we want our children and grandchildren to enjoy Cape Cod, then we must start becoming involved in our local towns and communities for ways to fix this problem, or sadly there won't be a coast to fix. In reality, unless the sea level rise reverses, beach nourishment is still only a partial solution, we could be fighting a battle we cannot win, but perhaps we can fend it off even for a short while.
How were you impacted by Hurricane Sandy? Share or tweet us your pictures of damage or coastla erosion from this massive storm!
Cape Cod Moms