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GLOUCESTERTIMES.COM: The [Massachusetts] Department of Environmental Protection has sent a message to residents on two Plum Island roadways who have been dumping tons of rocks along the shoreline to keep waves from claiming their homes: When winter’s over, you may have to pick them all up and cart them away.

Almost two weeks ago, a powerful storm, coupled with astronomically high tides, wreaked havoc on the barrier island, causing two homes on Annapolis Way to fall off their foundations and another four to be demolished after the waves damaged them past the point of no return. Several other homes were deemed uninhabitable.

Threatened homeowners took matters into their own hands and hired contractors to erect enormous stone piles from the center groin to the south end of Fordham Way. The wall of stone now stretches for about a half mile.

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Gloucester Times


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