Compo Beach: Exposed!

The waters have receded from Compo Beach.  So have the crowds.

What remains is incredible to see.

Here, for example, is the seawall along Soundview Drive:

I’d heard stories of how, years ago, the wall was much higher — and the beach much lower.

Now, thanks to Irene’s fury, we can actually see how high it once was.  Many more steps have been uncovered, along with concrete footings buried for decades.

And we can understand that, when it was built, the seawall was actually a “breakwater” — not the ramp it turned into, rocketing water and sand over the top, past Soundview and onto the roads and homes beyond.

Meanwhile, over on Bradley Street — and in much of the neighborhood — the scene looks like this:

In a matter of hours saltwater killed grass, plants and leaves.  Lawns and yards look like it’s mid-October (without the color) — not early September.

Longtime residents say the greenery will return next spring.

That’s many months from now.  This fall, Compo’s usual fantastic foliage will bear a distinctly different hue.

6 responses to “Compo Beach: Exposed!

  1. How ironic, Dan that the Beachside Ave wall which I believe was a depression-era WPA project was damaged 80 years later as we teeter on the edge of a second depression. I hope it doesn’t take another WPA type project to rebuild it.

  2. The wall along the beach was much higher (or, as was more likely the case, the sand much lower) back in the day (for me, that would be around 1980) because even yours truly could turn a front flip off of it to the sand below, and that required more height to the sand below than we have now for ME to do it.

  3. Not sure I would label this as devastation given the real devastation that occurred in Vermont and the Catskills.

  4. I’m sorry, I didn’t see the word “devastation” in Dan’s piece or any of the subsequent comments except your own.

  5. My comment referred to Dan’s tweet about this article. His tweet said “Devestation remains at Compo Beach” and then linked to the article.