Thursday, February 7, 2013
The coming blizzard won't just bring snow — Saturday morning's high tide could potentially damage shoreline homes, the National Weather Service said.
The blizzard expected to begin Friday evening may crescendo into flood damage come Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has declared a coastal flood watch for the entire Massachusetts coast line — including Salem. You've probably heard about the coming storm that's expected to dump one to two feet of snow on much of the state. But early Thursday morning the Weather Service added the flood watch to the blizzard watch already in effect. Forecasters say "numerous coastal roads" could become impassable Friday evening and during Saturday morning's high tide. In Salem Harbor, the Saturday morning high tide will come at 9:59. It could be accompanied by large waves and a storm surge of two-three feet, the Weather Service warns. Salem has…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Ward 2 Councilor Michael Sosnowski filled us in on the continuing dialogue between the city and neighborhood on the issue.
Next month, it will be a year since Salem experienced severe flooding one Tuesday morning, and the city and one neighborhood are still in constant dialogue about the state of the water situation. Many streets were inundated, but Forrester Street took the brunt of the water. Cars, furnaces and hot water heaters were destroyed. Tidal gates were installed earlier this year, but despite the City's efforts to keep the water at bay on the street, it keeps coming. On July 24, 2012, a quick thunderstorm moved quickly through Salem, but Forrester Street was inundated. And again, on Aug. 12, 2012, severe weather moved in and Forrester Street was flooded until the Department of Public Works came and cleared storm drains. In an effort to work with the…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Though tidal gates have been installed, Forrester Street continues to experience flooding issues.
Yesterday it seemed like we were able to escape the thunderstorms relatively unharmed. That wasn't the case on Forrester Street. Tidal gates were installed earlier this year, according to Boston.com, but Forrester Street still flooded during Tuesday's quick moving storm. One reader sent in photos that were reminiscent of the October 2011 floods. Add your own photos and video clips from any flooding issues on your street by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button. Once you're logged in, sharing your shots with Salem is as easy as a click of a button.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Despite the deadline set on a phone message today, there is still time to report flood damage.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, October 7, 2011
The following is a message from the Salem Fire Department and Emergency Management regarding flood damage reports. "Today a city wide phone message went out to all residents to call the Emergency Management Office to report any damage they may have occurred during the storm on Tuesday Oct. 4. The message went out at about 9 a.m. when most people were at work and stated that they needed to call before 2 p.m. We understand that some people were not home to contact us in this timeframe, and we will be excepting calls on Tuesday, Oct. 11 after 8 a.m. To report damage call 978-744-3936."
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Fire Chief David Cody both comment on Tuesday's flooding.
The city is looking into residents' eligibility for federal and state aid in areas significantly affected by yesterday's floods. Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll toured areas of the city that were most affected by the flooding, including Forrester Street. Driscoll said she spoke with one resident who has lived on the street for 47 years. "This is the worst they've ever had," Driscoll said. Some residents reported water in that area up to their waists. Some lost cars, furnaces and water heaters. The water came so quickly, Driscoll explained. That combined with the high tide and the low elevation of the Forrester Street area created conditions that made flooding particularly bad in the area. To assist residents that were …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
A skunk manages to survive the flood in our photo of the day.
Welcome to photo of the day. When we have a standout photo, we'll share an image that caught our attention here. Have any suggestions or photos of your own to share? Email Editor Aubry Bracco. Oct. 4, 2011 Forrester Street, which is just off Salem Common, was under water Tuesday morning. Residents reported cars were destroyed on the streets and furnaces and hot water heaters were ruined in flooded basements. One reader shared this image of a skunk that found safety on his steps. "This skunk was drowning in the flood and came up to my front stairs. I had to keep the dogs away from the door so that Pepe would not jump back in," he wrote. "As much as skunks are a pest, I felt bad watching this one struggling to survive. But he fought hard, …
Debris was strewn in roads and water was being pumped from basements after the Tuesday morning floods.
Forrester Street in Salem was heavily damaged in Tuesday's floods. At 10 a.m., debris was still visible on the street as was water. Water poured from pumps in basements and damaged items, including rugs, were on the sidewalk. Ward 2 Councilor Mike Sosnowski was there helping residents clean up and clear sewers and basins. "Where we're standing now (at the heart of Forrester) it was up to the waist," he explained. "We lost both our cars, our furnaces and hot water heater to name of few," one resident wrote. "The neighborhhod is beyond ruined. A dozen or more cars are gone."
Add your photos of Tuesday's floods to our gallery.
Users submitted the following flooding photos Tuesday morning. One, from the Salem Common neighborhood lost both his cars, furnaces and hot water heater in the flooding. Feel free to add your own photos to our gallery or email email@example.com.