Most of the roads are open, and power isn’t on yet, but families are starting to return home to check out the damage.
In Scituate Wednesday, the Bagley family was in the yard picking up debris that had washed up during the storm surge caused by the Blizzard of 2013. Paige, 14, was picking at snow in the yard with an oar she found – that had come from two houses closer to the ocean.
Teams from the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts had surveyed the damage done along the coastline, and teams fanned out Wednesday armed with tools and information: Tarps for damaged roofs; cleanup kits with detergents, gloves, mops and trash bags in a Red Cross bucket; and packs of work gloves.
Each team had a mental health worker with them. Disaster mental health workers were interviewing residents North of Scituate Harbor where 4-foot waves were reported during the storm. Few houses had snow piles after the salt water washed through—piles of seaweed and debris were the norm.
Red Cross volunteers will be targeting specific neighborhoods in the coming days as more families return home and assess the damage.