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Cape Cod Home Collapses, Breaks in Two, Weeks After Severe Winter Storm

by Jon D. B.
(Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The destroyed Cape Cod home ripped straight down the middle is a sight to behold. Thankfully no one was hurt in this particular Orlena aftermath.

“Orlena exited the area about a month ago, but the storm’s effects are still being felt in at least one waterfront neighborhood,” states The Weather Channel of the intense sight. Nearly a month after the horrific winter storm hit Cape Cod, this impressive home is literally breaking apart. While no one was hurt in the Thursday incident, the home’s dramatic collapse comes as dozens of Massachusetts residents continue to struggle in their post-Orlena world.

State officials say they were fortunate and saw the structural issues coming for Salt Marsh lane, where the house resides. As Winter Storm Orlena swept through Cape Cod, strong winds and coastal flooding destroyed much of the historic area. Now, the area’s tumultuous beginning to February is mirrored by March’s own as the devastation continues.

According to The Weather Channel’s report on the damage, at least 3 other neighboring homes had to be torn down. Orlena was only one of a “series of storms that ate away at the sand holding up homes on Salt Marsh Lane,” clarifies staff meteorologist Domenica Davis.

As a result, remaining owners of the homes that were spared are considering bringing in sand to stabilize the area, Davis continues. This, however, “could cost them tens of thousands of dollars.”

Follow this link to watch The Weather Channel‘s full report.

Orlena’s Cape Cod Havoc Still Not Over

‘It got undermined and the house is on a 45-degree angle. And it’s totally gone now. There’s no moving it now. It’s just wrecked. It’s just destroyed,’ Cape Cod resident Michael Pottey told WCVB. Pottey was one of the unfortunate few to lose their Salt Marsh Lane home to Orlena.

Further high tide and flooding in coastal areas of Cape Cod were the main culprits in destruction. The two-day snowstorm brought with it waves tall enough to crash over seawalls. As a result, severe erosion underneath the houses would lead to collapse. Each home – already in rough shape after weathering weeks of storms – stood no chance of survival.

On average, these Cape Cod homes cost $700,000 to purchase. These large investments sit on coastal sand, making them prone to erosion disaster. Despite this, however, the area’s homes remain in high demand, and likely will long after Orlena.

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