Crews cleaning up after storm smacks Boston area

Updated: Sunday, March 10 2013, 06:35 PM EDT
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PLUM ISLAND, Mass. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews are hard at work right now trying to clean up after a late winter storm hit a Massachusetts island hard.

Plum Island's once beautiful beach is now a zone of destruction.

Several homes actually fell into the ocean.

Littering the beach are giant sandbags and concrete blocks that ultimately proved useless at stopping the Atlantic.

Now, many are wondering whether more could have been done to save the homes.

"When you see homes falling into the ocean, clearly you feel that not enough was done and that we should have done more," said State Senator Bruce Tarr. "This isn't a situation where we've done nothing, it's a situation where the totality of everything we've done hasn't been enough to protect these homes in this storm."

Plum Island is a barrier beach that once had dunes and a wide expanse of sand.

Officials say barrier beaches are fragile, with migrating sand that often cannot hold up to years of pounding storms.

This latest storm system began blanketing snow across the upper midwest, and mid-Atlantic earlier in the week before moving out to sea on Friday.

It dumped more than a foot of snow in the northeast, and they aren't out of the woods yet.

Meteorologists are predicting more stormy weather through the beginning of spring.
Crews cleaning up after storm smacks Boston area
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