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Blizzard blasts away parts of beaches, dunes, cliffs

The bottom section of stairs down to Nauset Light Beach in Eastham? Gone. The Sandy Neck Beach handicap ramp in Barnstable? A chunk of that is gone, too, sucked into the Atlantic. Plum Island’s squishy sand, a crucial buffer for homes? Tons met the same fate.

The weekend blizzard savaged the coastline of Massachusetts, with many communities on Cape Cod reporting that 15 to 20 feet of beach disappeared. The bluff coast – the 20 miles or so from Eastham to Truro with steep dunes soaring up to 140 feet -- suffered some of the most visible, and dangerous, erosion. The ocean scoured out the bottom of the bluffs, leaving sandy cliffs jutting over the beach with no support.

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