The Broken Sea Wall

Built after the devastating hurricane of 1938, which wiped out the entire town (and nearly the whole state of Rhode Island), it has stood all these years, withstanding the battery of countless storms and surf. But Hurricane Sandy, with the perfect-storm combination of a record-breaking storm surge, high tide, and a full moon, broke that sea wall. Giant chunks of concrete were blown back in huge geometric rectangles, like a cracked monolith. It’s amazing to see the little beach houses on stilts that did survive (although many of them are gone, too) – and imagine the strength and power of that surf to break thick concrete. There were men out there in the cold brisk day, working to fix our sea wall. I thank them.

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3 Responses to The Broken Sea Wall

  1. Vanwall says:

    Almost all of my childhood hang-outs are now gone, either through fire or dubious renovations. It’s nice to see at least the new wall will be in the same place your old wall.

    “Serve God; honour the King; but, first maintain the Wall.” Motto of Rye and Dymchurch of the Marsh.

  2. Susanna says:

    Sheila, thanks for posting these. Heartbreaking, but hopeful for that beautiful beach!

  3. sheila says:

    Yes hopeful – the wall broke in exactly the spot where I would go with my morning coffee. It’s sad to think that in the future it won’t be the SAME wall – but it is good to see people out there fixing it.

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