Front-end loaders restore shale at Foss Beach, north of Rye Harbor.
At North Hampton Beach, front-end loader filled truck with boulders.
Route 1-A was closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to all vehicles on April 16. By reacting quickly after the high tide receded, state and local crews were able to reopen Route 1-A by 3 p.m. The state used snow plows to clear the debris, and front-end loaders replaced the shale piles along Sawyer Beach and Foss Beach in Rye.
Workers for Division 6 of the State Public Works averaged three hours sleep per night for the duration of the storm . They arrived on route 1A two hours before high tide on Sunday night and then cleaned up when the ocean receded. The National Guard was out in force Monday afternoon and evening knocking on doors and making sure everyone was safe.
Tom Brown of Myrica Road in Rye got quite a scare. He drove his daughter to the school bus stop at the end of his street, so she wouldn’t get wet, according to reports. When the bus pulled up on Big Rock Road, they got out of the car to walk to the bus. Within seconds of leaving the car, a tree fell on the car and completely destroyed it. Tom got on the school bus with his daughter. The other children on the bus were nervous. Thinking quickly to relieve the tension, Tom reportedly told the children, “It looks like I have to buy a new car.” The children relaxed and gave Tom a round of applause.
Along route 1-A debris littered the boulevard. Rocks the size of footballs were strewn about. The fish houses beside North Hampton State Beach were severely damaged. Some were knocked off their foundations with electrical wires exposed. Just south of North Hampton State Beach six oceanfront houses were in jeopardy of falling into the sea, when the seawall collapsed. Public works employees and private contractors, working feverishly, brought in concrete and large rocks, preventing a catastrophe and saved the houses.
Sinkhole developed opposite Rye on Rocks cottages on Ocean Boulevard.
Big sinkholes were created across from Bass beach as the angry ocean clawed a path on shore before settling on the west side marshes. The Rye Beach Club sustained severe damage, the fence knocked down and the parking lot littered with debris.
The wood planks used to secure footing on the walking path near Rye Ledge were thrown across the street. What used to be a leisurely walking lane is now an obstacle course.
The violent surf at Sawyer’s Beach leveled the shale pile onto 1-A, almost into Eel Pond. Luckily the two pairs of swans paddled their way to safety across the pond. Jenness Beach was a mess with sand and logs settling in its parking lot. A tall birch toppled, pulling up its roots, just missing a house on Breakers Road. Two streets north, on Locke Road, another tree fell pulling up roots, creating a six-foot high dirt-and-root mound alongside the road. The commercial pier at Rye Harbor was severely damaged with many planks being ripped off its deck. The parking lot was full of water as the storm drains were clogged.
Tree roots pulled right up next to Locke Road, just in from Ocean Boulevard.
This full northeaster that struck the Seacoast felled some trees and caused some flooding inland. But the brunt of the storm was along the shore. If you lived a couple of hundred yards from the normal high tide, you might not have noticed anything special. But within 100 yards the storm wreaked havoc.
Roots gave way and tree just brushed side of house on Breakers Road.
On Thursday the sun and an unblemished blue sky presented themselves for the first time in four days. Surfers were riding the waves, and residents were working in their yards. Seagulls were sitting on the seawall squeaking their approval.
(Photos by Larry Feltz, Judy and Ken Palm and Martha Lardent).
The following FEMA document was made available this week by Town Administrator Alan Gould, who is Rye's Emergency Management Director:
Information required when applying for
You must have the Disaster Declaration number available when you call. This number is: FEMA 1695-DR
The eligible counties for Individual Assistance are:Grafton - Hillsborough - Merrimack - Rockingham - Strafford
1-800-621-3362 or for hearing impaired 1-800-462-7585 (tty) to register on line: www.FEMA.gov
1. Have your social security # available.
2. Provide your current address.
3. Provide your primary PRE disaster address. (If you are not residing there currently because of the flood damage).
4. Provide phone numbers where someone can reach you.
5. Provide the type of insurance coverage you have.
6. Need total household annual income.
7. Need to provide your bank account number and ROUTING number from your bank if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account.
8. A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster.
After you've completed your application for assistance, you will receive a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.
Note: FEMA verifies the name and Social Security number of those registering for disaster assistance. If the name and Social Security number on file with the Social Security Administration does not match the information you provide, you will be asked to submit a copy of an original document; e.g., marriage license, military ID, tax documents, etc., for proof of identity. A need to review and update identity documentation may cause delays in delivery of assistance.
For additional information on disaster recovery, call the New Hampshire Disaster Recovery Hotline at 1-800-458-2407.
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