CWN coverage of the major nor’easter part 2-Flooding, trees down, fire in Dennis

CAPE COD – A major nor’easter is affecting the region and will continue into Saturday. Hurricane force wind gusts and major coastal flooding are predicted. Watch this area for continuing coverage of the storm. If you can safely take photos or video please send them to us but remember SAFETY FIRST.

Above: Jake O’Callaghan gives CWN readers a video tour around Harwich.

6:00 PM update: Sandwich Firefighters responding to Main and Jarves Streets for a tree on a house. Power outages have spiked back up to nearly 15.000. Nearly 5,000 of those are in Falmouth, over 3000 in Yarmouth. Two trees reported down on a house on Dillingham Road in Sandwich.

Truro Center Rd between the post office and Old Pamet Road due to the river flooding likely from sea water infiltration from Balston Beach. Truro Police photo

5:00 PM update: As darkness falls, the danger is not over! The seas will shortly begin to rise again and all indications are the late evening tide will be much worse than this afternoon. Do not drive through standing water. The depth is even harder to judge in the darkness and is likely deeper than you think. Darkness also makes it harder to see downed power lines that may be live. Winds are still very strong and debris is still flying around. Please stay safe out there.

4:30 PM update: Chatham Police report they received a call from a Chatham woman who reported that she attempted to drive through high water on Morris Island Road and became stuck there.

The area she was in could not be accessed by police vehicles. Chatham Fire Department responded with their rescue boat with three water rescue firefighters on board and were able to locate Anne Venditti of Chatham. Firefighters were able to remove her from the vehicle and get her safely in the boat. Venditti was not injured.

The vehicle remains in the flooded roadway and will be removed when the vehicle can be accessed safely at another time.

Job well done by Chatham Fire Department.

Power outages at 2,600, about half of those in Barnstable and Sandwich. A new outage in Yarmouth is affection 2,900 customers.

3:30 PM update: Fire in Dennis was quickly knocked down but crews had to ventilate heavy smoke. No injuries were reported. An 83 MPH wind gust was reported earlier in East Falmouth. 3,600 customers without power-almost half of those are in Orleans.
Photo from West Barnstable Fire showing Route 6A as a river:

3:00 PM update: Dennis Firefighters at 900 Route 134 with smoke showing from a building with several businesses in it. Fire is reported to be in the basement.

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Photos by Craig S. Chadwick/CWN
Dennis Fire statement on fire “The Dennis Fire Department received an automatic fire alarm from a business at 900 Route 134 in South Dennis at 2:35 this afternoon. On arrival of the first fire apparatus heavy black smoke was found in the building. Due to the size of the building a working fire assignment was called and Brewster, Harwich and Yarmouth Fire Departments sent resources as well.

The 900 Block of Route 134 is known as Town Plaza Condominiums. The building is a two story commercial office building of approximately 14,000 square feet.

The fire occurred in the basement of Bay State Financial Service. The condominium property is listed as being owned by Davis Porter of Boston.

The fire was contained to the utility room in the basement of the unit. There was heavy smoke damage throughout the building as well as some water damage. The origin of the fire is still under investigation and appears to be caused by an appliance in the utility room.

The business was vacant at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported.”

Statement from Brewster Police “The water has receded somewhat from this morning’s high tide, but all indications are that tonight’s high tide will be worse. The next high tide is just before midnight, which means it is likely we will see overflow again on Rt. 6A at Lower Rd (near Dunkin’ Donuts), Rt. 6A at Paine’s Creek Rd, and Rt. 6A at the Brewster/Dennis Line. Fortunately, there will be less traffic, however, it will be dark so please use extreme caution if traveling between 11:00 pm and 3 am. The last of the problematic high tides will be around noon tomorrow.”

2:30 PM update: 5,500 Eversource customers without power on the Cape.
Orleans Police video from Nauset Beach:

From Barnstable Fire “Good afternoon. The first of the three high tides for this storm has passed in Barnstable Village. As suspected, the areas of Millway, Commerce Road, Beale Way, and Rendevous Lane sustained some flooding. The seawater was over the bulkhead, flooding Millway and Commerce Roads. The tide is going out now and the water is receding. We are expecting winds to increase throughout the day into tonight, and the next high tide at 11:57 tonight may have greater flooding impact in those areas. We are asking everyone to refrain from driving around barricades and into flooded areas as this endangers your safety and complicates our access into those areas if vehicles become stranded. We thank everyone for your continued support.”

2:00 PM update: From Chatham Police “Several road closures have been initiated around town due to road flooding including Rt. 28, Orleans Road near the Chatham/Harwich line.

Power outages have also been occurring, including at the Monomoy Regional Middle School, which is on generator power at this time.

Falling trees have also been occurring.

The Chatham Police Department is urging all citizens to not use the roadways and not travel unless absolutely necessary. We appreciate the public’s cooperation while this storm continues.”

Flood Warning (for rainfall) until 130 AM Saturday. Power outage report: Barnstable 2,700, Bourne 1,600, Eastham 720, Sandwich 521.

Eastham officials report Route 6 at Samoset Road is reopened.

Multiple trees down like this one on Barlow’s Landing Road in Bourne (Bourne Police photo):
Factory Street in Sandwich looks more like a river:
This van was abandoned after stalling on Church Street in Sandwich:
Traffic crash at Shore Street and Clinton Avenue in Falmouth:

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