More Plum Island homes could face demolition

An aerial view of one of the homes on the Plum Island waterfront that fell off its foundation after sustaining damage during Friday's heavy winter storm. (Getty Images)
An aerial view of one of the homes on the Plum Island waterfront that fell off its foundation after sustaining damage during Friday’s heavy winter storm. (Getty Images)

As crews prepare to demolish a third house damaged by last week’s storm, town officials are warning that other homes along the beach on Plum Island could be in jeopardy.

Two homes on Annapolis Way were demolished over the weekend after they slipped off their foundations and partially collapsed during the storm’s high tides. A neighboring structure will be taken down Monday, as inspectors examine other nearby properties.

Newbury building inspector Sam Joslin says it’s likely three houses on Fordham Way will need to be removed, and dozens of others along the shoreline are in danger.

“Though the structures aren’t damaged, they’ve lost all of their dune fronts, so now we have an entire stretch of beach that’s completely unprotected,” Joslin told the Boston Globe. “With that, even a small storm at this point could become a major issue.”

Homeowners on Plum Island have invested in a variety of erosion prevention measures in recent years, fearing of their homes’ safety. State Senate Minority leader Bruce Tarr, who represents the area, wants the state to take action to save the beachfront properties. Tarr co-chairs the Merrimack River Beach Alliance, which plans to meet Monday to discuss the situation on Plum Island.

“It’s clear that up and down the coast, homes, property and infrastructure have been in jeopardy, it’s time that the commonwealth of Massachusetts takes a serious look at all the tools that are available,” Tarr told the Daily News of Newburyport. “We don’t want to have another home like that, and we want to be proactive and not reactive to the extent that we can.”

Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBos


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Hillary Clinton headed to Boston for women's leadership…

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Massachusetts Wednesday amid continuing speculation about making another bid for the presidency in 2016.

Local

The Boston Marathon: Step by step, the race…

For over a century, the Boston Marathon has been an event centered around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there’s no denying the face of the renowned race has been changed…

Local

Boston Marathon: Marathoners ready to run, honor victims

Scores of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton Monday and embark on a 26.2-mile journey to Boston in honor of the victims.

Local

MIT student, Rhodes scholar, dies

Eliana Hechter, a student at MIT and Harvard, died, her family said. The announcement was posted on MIT's website.

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.