Storm Brings Rain, Minor Coastal Flooding

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The town dock at Ryder's Cove was under water. TIM WOOD PHOTO

CHATHAM -- The first major winter storm of the season brought minor coastal flooding and a lot rain to the region.

The usual hotspots -- Ryder's Cove, Little Beach -- experienced flooding at high tide late Sunday morning, but there appeared to be no major damage or erosion.

More than 1.5 inches of rain fell in the area, leading to widespread flooding in roadways. There appeared to be washovers on North Beach Island and heavy surf was pounding the beach at Cockle Cove, which was restored this past summer after considerable erosion last year.

A hard freeze was anticipated late Sunday, prompting warnings to drivers to be watchful for ice on roadways.

With temperatures in the teens expected Monday, a planned outdoor event at the Monomoy Regional Middle School was postponed until "we have bit more sow and a lot more sunshine," Principal Mark Wilson wrote in an email to families.

Just south of Lighthouse Beach, high tides created a washover. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Just south of Lighthouse Beach, high tides created a washover. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Water surrounds a plastic "Muscle Wall" protecting the Outermost Harbor Marine office. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Water surrounds a plastic "Muscle Wall" protecting the Outermost Harbor Marine office. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Water from Stage Harbor spilled over onto Bridge Street at high tide Sunday. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Water from Stage Harbor spilled over onto Bridge Street at high tide Sunday. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Storm clouds over North Beach Island. TIM WOOD PHOTO

Storm clouds over North Beach Island. TIM WOOD PHOTO