The storm surge at Muskie Beach in Kennebunk on Friday morning was pounding against the sea wall and weather watchers were wondering whether the 11:30  p.m. high tide would prove to be as fierce. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

The storm surge at Muskie Beach in Kennebunk on Friday morning was pounding against the sea wall and weather watchers were wondering whether the 11:30 p.m. high tide would prove to be as fierce. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

SACO — At noon on Friday, Saco’s emergency services were evaluating two buildings damaged as strong winds and big waves swept ashore at high tide just before midday.

Saco Fire Chief and EMA Director John Duross said one of the buildings damaged was at Camp Ellis, the other at Fairhaven Avenue.

“There was significant wave action and additional erosion along the Saco beaches,” said Duross. He said there were road closures at Camp Ellis, and the fire chief predicted some roads in the region would likely remain closed until today.

Emergency management personnel in York County’s coastal communities closed and later re-opened roadways and prepared to do so all over again late Friday night at the high tide as the second major Nor’easter of the year made its presence known.

In Biddeford, part of Mile Stretch Road was closed at the high tide on Friday at midday, said EMA Director Roby Fecteau.

He said the National Weather Service Office in Gray was forecasting winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts to 60 mph for Friday night.

In Kennebunkport, Police Chief Craig Sanford said there had been street closures around Dock Square, where there were eight to nine inches of salt water in the roadway. Ocean Avenue was closed for a period as well, and there was flooding on Dyke Road at Goose Rocks  Beach.

Sanford said there was water inside Hurricane Restaurant for the second time this year —  the first occasion came during a nor’easter in early January.

Kennebunk Fire Chief Jeff Rowe said at one point Friday there was water completely over the bridge on Parson’s Beach Road. Kennebunk Beach was closed from Narragangsett Point to Mother’s Beach for a time — and Rowe said he was expecting closures might take place again Friday night.

Wells Fire Chief and EMA Director Wayne Vetre said he expected flooding conditions in low lying areas at the high tide Friday night.

“At this point, there is debris in the roads and we’re evaluating all the areas that were under water,” he said early/Friday afternoon.

York County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Blain Cote said there had been road closures in just about every coastal community in the county at the midday high tide.

Cote said the high tide and storm surge was at 12.89 feet at the midday high tide and was expected to be around 11 feet at the midnight high tide.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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