SCITUATE — Linda Baxter was standing inside the front door of her boarded-up home Friday when the noon high tide sent an enormous wave crashing over her house.
Although the winter storm that lasted from Thursday into Friday morning did not cause severe damage across the South Shore, pockets of coastal flooding left homeowners like Baxter in Scituate and other areas facing the prospect of expensive repairs to their homes.
The tide destroyed Baxter’s ocean-side windows and swept away the deck of her Turner Road house.
“I have never heard anything like [when the deck fell] in my life,” she said. “It was a crunch — a crunch! I said to my husband, ‘What was that?’ And he said to me, ‘That was our deck.’ ”
Her family has owned the house since 1952. Once a summer cottage like many residences in the area, the home was winterized two years ago.
‘It was a crunch — a crunch! I said to my husband, “What was that?” And he said to me, “That was our deck.” ’Linda Baxter, Scituate resident whose home was hit by a huge wave
Baxter’s water pipes froze, leaving her dependent on neighbors for water. Her SUV, which was parked in the driveway during the storm, was stuck in dirt and ice.
Nearby in Duxbury, where emergency vehicles evacuated seaside residents who wanted to weather the storm elsewhere, some chose to stay and stick it out.
“We’re old-timers who are used to [sitting out storms],” said Kay Leonard, 79, of Gurnet Road.
However, Joe Soares of Plymouth Avenue in Duxbury said he was grateful military vehicles gave his family a lift away during the storm. Several feet of water rushed over the sea wall and flooded his street.
Soares said he had to dangle his children and wife off the back porch to escape their home.
“You couldn’t drive a truck through it now,” Soares said, pointing at a sloped section of his ice-covered street. “The whole area is a pond.”
Duxbury resident John Mann videotaped a gushing river of sea water flowing at least 2 feet high along the side of his yard on the corner of East Marginal Road and Gurnet Road on Friday.
Friday night, he and his wife, Danielle, began pumping out about 3 inches of water per hour from their basement after water poured over the sea wall.
Mann said it will probably take two weeks to clear out his basement.
“We had millions of gallons of sea water inundate the area, so once all this natural snow starts to melt, it will further add to the groundwater problem we have,” John Mann said.
Danielle Mann said town officials quickly drained an adjacent street, Hummock Lane, which was covered in 3 feet of water from Friday night until Saturday morning.
“Duxbury is very good at cleaning up after the storm,” she said.