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MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT #5

DATE: January 4, 2018
TIME: 9:00 AM
SUBJECT: Coastal Flooding Concerns

 

SITUATION

Coastal Flooding Concerns

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting moderate coastal flooding with a pockets of major coastal flooding along east and north facing shorelines south of Boston and on Nantucket.  As of 9 AM, the surge had increased to around 1.9 feet in Boston and 1.8 feet in Nantucket. Waves height may build to around 15 feet off Cape Ann and Mass Bay by the time of the high tide (mid-day). Wind direction at the time of the high tide looks to be about 020 degrees or NNE along most of the eastern MA shoreline. 

In addition, NWS is anticipating rather extensive inundation and some damage to very vulnerable structures and infrastructure along the immediate shore, such as decks, stairs, docks, parking lots, and the like.  Some neighborhoods may become isolated and many shore roads may become impassable for a while and remain impassable long after the high tide due to slow drainage. The Plymouth County coast, and Cape Cod Bay shoreline from Sandwich to Dennis and perhaps even further east to Eastham, are areas of particular concern. Due to such high water levels and strong onshore winds, there is a potential for serious impacts to route 6A in Sandwich among other locations.

 

STATE SUPPORT/ASSETS

 

ESF 16 (Military Support): National Guard

The National Guard has staged High Water Vehicles in the following communities/areas in anticipation of moderate to major coastal flooding with the mid-day high tide:

·        Marshfield

·        Scituate

·        Hull

·        Braintree

·        Hingham National Guard Armory

ESF 10 (Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection): Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

CZM has activated portions of the Coastal Storm Damage Assessment Team to conduct assessments of damage after the mid-day high tide in 23 coastal communities where moderate to major coastal flooding is predicted. 

 

SEOC OPERATIONS

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 2 (Partial Activation). In addition, MEMA’s Regional Emergency Operations Centers in Tewksbury (Region 1) and Bridgewater (Region 2) are activated.

 

Representatives of the following agencies/organizations are present in the State EOC:

ESF-1 (Transportation): MassDOT

ESF-3 (Public Works): DCR, OPSI

ESF-4 (Firefighting): DFS

ESF-5 (Business and Industry): NEDRIX

ESF-6 (Mass Care): ARC

ESF-8 (Health and Medical): MDPH

ESF-9 (Search and Rescue): MEP, USCG

ESF-10 (Environmental Protection): DEP, CZM

ESF-12 (Energy): DPU, National Grid, Eversource, Unitil

ESF-13 (Public Safety): MSP

ESF-16 (Military Support): MANG

 

 

The SEOC will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary

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