Storm Sweeps Plum Island Homes Into Ocean

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Powerful waves and winds have caused two homes to collapse – and left several others severely damaged – on a US beach.

The rising tide comes up against a house on Plum Island that came off its foundation during an overnight winter storm in Newbury

The late two-day winter storm swept into New England, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas and sending tides crashing into the northeastern coastline of Massachusetts amid flood warnings.

A house on Plum Island that came off its foundation during an overnight winter storm in Newbury, Massachusetts.
An aerial view of one of the collapsed properties

High seas washed away the dune from underneath some properties, compromising their foundations and rendering them a danger to the public.

One couple on Plum Island watched the ocean wash away the foundations of their summer residence on Annapolis Way.

The rising tide comes up against a house on Plum Island that came off its foundation during an overnight winter storm in Newbury, Massachusetts
A toppled house rests on the sandy beach

“High tide last night just eroded away the foundation on the side of the house, and that just couldn’t take it anymore,” said Stephen Bresnahan.

“It’s an emotional, very important, emotional part of our lives.”

A man works to clear sand out from under a structurally sound house next to a house on Plum Island which came off its foundation in the high tide during an overnight winter storm in Newbury
A neighbour clears the sand from beneath his home

His wife added: “My children have been here in the summer. We got engaged here in the summer.”

An empty house nearby was also ripped from its foundations and collapsed into the sea.

The rising tide comes up against a house on Plum Island that came off its foundation during an overnight winter storm on in Newbury, Massachusetts
Demolition workers get to work on one of the houses

Some roads in coastal towns were flooded with up to 3ft of water.

Flooding at the morning high tide closed some coastal roads north and south of Boston.

The rising tide comes up against damaged properties on Plum Island after n overnight winter storm in Newbury, Massachusetts
Several other properties were also damaged by the storm

Other parts of New England experienced nearly 2ft of snow – wreaking havoc on the roads and causing some motorists to be left stranded.

Schools were also affected and were either forced to close or delay opening.

Cars drive through the snow in the US.
Elsewhere in New England, motorists battle the snow drift

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said it was like a “conveyor belt of wave after wave of snow” coming in.

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