Seawalls? Sandy don't need no steenkin' seawalls

Reporter in training at Long Wharf

Stephanie Giunta practices being a TV reporter at the very end of Long Wharf early this afternoon.

The folks at the Fort Point Pier, meanwhile, watched as Fort Point Channel rose and then began to flow over the seawall (it's hard to tell, but that's Vivien Li of the Boston Harbor Association and Fort Point resident Anne Salemme on the right):

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Fort Point

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That's actually pretty normal for a winter storm with winds out of the North / North East & an astronomical high tide. Walked by that scene many a day on my way home to or from work.

If it actually starts spilling into the parking lot / Gillette, thats when you know Boston Harbor means business.

call baloney on silly cynicism

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Those FP flooding scenes are not "typical" - and I've seen a decade's worth of winter storms in that neighborhood. You have to keep in mind that the picture was taken just after noon - half a day before the arrival of the main storm surge. Is that level of flooding typical for a storm still many hours shy of its peak, with a center that will never be closer than a couple hundred miles from us?

Don't misunderstand me - I don't think Boston is in any danger of being sunk like a modern day Atlantis, but it's silly to pish-posh a storm that can have this sort of effect even way out here on its outer edge. Those pictures are pretty damn impressive when you realize that when they were shot, it would have taken a commercial jet flying at top speed more than an hour to cover the distance between the center of the storm and Boston.

That is a big ef'ing storm!

From the looks of it, it

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From the looks of it, it might become Short Wharf by tonight...

Boston Wharf properties and flooding

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Remember as a child being driven with my dad in a Nash down to rescue my uncle whom was stuck from flooding in the Fort Point/Boston Wharf Properties area. It was probably Congress St and A Street area -- hard to recall. It was in the mid-1950s, my uncle married my aunt in 1954. Whole area was flooded and it ferociously stunk for two weeks afterwards. Also, my uncle told me years later that the whole neighborhood stunk for 6 months.

Lingering odors

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Odors seem to linger in that area. I used to work in that area and when the Tea Party Museum burned down (twice!), I could still smell smoke two years later, when walking by. I'm not kidding. It must have seeped into the wood or something.