Marshfield: Controversial flood study worries coastal home owners

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Marshfield selectmen met at Haddad’s Ocean Café in Brant Rock Monday night to hear the results of a study projecting the impact of rising sea levels and flooding on town infrastructures.

About 150 people packed Haddad’s function hall to hear the controversial report.

The study used the highest of four curves from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to project rising sea levels, which in 25 years comes out to 1.08 feet, 50 years 2.8 feet and 75 years 5.16 feet over current levels.

Maps showed the projections impacting areas like Rexhame, Fieldston, and Green Harbor.

Study project manager from Kleinfelder Engineering, Andre Martecchini said, “That obviously has impacts on roads and infrastructure – flooding scenarios. We showed some inundation maps that project where this flooding is going to extend. It’s somewhat controversial because it’s difficult to picture your roads being flooded. However, a lot of these same roads that are being shown as flooded, are the ones that are having problems today”.

But some residents like Faith Jean are having trouble buying into the report and worry about the effect those flood maps might have on their flood insurance.

“I have a real problem with their maps. Even he said (Martecchini) with a little laughter, that, ‘people may get a little scared of the maps  – that’s because some of the buildings shown as flooded may not actually be flooded’. Now that will make a difference to our flood insurance! That is really bad. You should not be able to throw that into a presentation!”

Selectmen said they would review the information before proposing any possible mitigation or actions.


About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.