Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Erosion Severe Following Storm
October 31, 2012
While Martha’s Vineyard was spared the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy, the storm caused severe erosion on the island, especially on south-facing shorelines, according to an article in the Vineyard Gazette.
The ocean washed over Norton Point Beach at Katama in Edgartown, turning the eastern end of the beach into a sandbar covered with water at high tide, said Chris Kennedy, superintendent for The Trustees of Reservations. Kennedy said it was not a new breach, but a wash-over. “It will come back, it may take awhile,” he said. Kennedy also said Wasque point, which has been ravaged by erosion in the past year, lost 24 more feet of beach overnight. At the western end, he said about 15 feet of upland was lost.
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