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Several coastal towns in Massachusetts are experiencing intense flooding as Winter Storm Grayson continues to dump snow on the area. Flakes started falling early on Thursday morning as the storm rolled into town.
Shortly after the storm intensified, the National Weather Service released the following alert.
“Coastal flood impacts… moderate to major impacts are likely. Most severe impacts are likely… there will be widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and basements.”
There is a major flood threat in place for the southern coast of Massachusetts, including the cape and the islands. A moderate flood threat has been issued for the city of Boston and the state’s northern coast.
The flooding has been caused by this afternoon’s high tide. Some areas are so bad that streets have been closed and people have been trapped in their cars. According to the Boston Herald, first-responders have been using rubber rescue boats “to help people trapped by floodwaters as waves spill over seawalls.”
Many towns and cities in the area are expecting upwards of eight inches of snow, while others are expecting over a foot. In towns like Norwood and Walpole, a foot of snow has already fallen and the snow is continuing to come down.
Below are some photos from flooding in various Massachusetts towns.