Sandwich properties collapse from storm damage, erosion all through wintertime storm

A home on Salt Marsh Road collapsed into the ocean late Tuesday afternoon. The home, which sustained heavy damage in Monday's storm, sits in an area that has been battered by beach erosion over the years. [Photo courtesy of Mike Pottey]

EAST SANDWICH — As significant waves battered Springhill Seashore on Tuesday, proof of Monday night’s storm remained on Salt Marsh Highway. A portion of driveway fell on to the beach front underneath. A warped deck hung precariously, prepared to drop at any instant.

The foundations of three oceanfront properties from 112 to 116 Salt Marsh Highway had been ruined further than fix. The residence at 112 Salt Marsh Street, which was hardly standing Tuesday early morning, experienced fallen onto its facet into the ocean by Tuesday night. The basis was ripped out of the floor, and the facet with the deck was in the water. 

“It is fairly spectacular and [it wasn’t] even a major storm out there,” explained Joshua Wrigley, assistant director of Natural Resources for the town of Sandwich.