Town Neck Beach ~ Breach, Sandwich, Cape Cod
A view of Town Neck Beach in Sandwich on Cape Cod. This view is across the marsh which is flooded during high tide.
Town Neck Beach is a barrier beach which protects the Town of Sandwich from the ocean. Previously there was one entrance through the beach and the ocean meandered via river ways through the marsh. During the past several years erosion along our coast coupled with Nor’easters has caused the ocean to cut some breaks through the beach. Most concerning is if these are cut low enough the ocean can more readily flood the marsh which could then result in flooding of the town center of Sandwich.
In the middle of the beach at the top of the photo is the breach. You can see the ocean beyond the breach.
Five days after the blizzard of 2015 and the ocean is still angry.
Here is where the ocean has cut a breach in the dunes through to the marsh. The ocean is to the left side of the photo, the marsh is on the right side.
Here is another view of the breach. You can see the very tip of a wave flowing onto the beach on the left side of the photo. On the right you can see the marsh and river.
Here is the new sandbar that has been created by the breach. It juts out into the marsh and has blocked off the way the river used to flow to the Boardwalk bridge. You can now walk right out onto the marsh where before there was a river between the beach and marsh.
Here is the new course of the river. It cuts straight back towards the center of Sandwich.
Here is a view from the marsh side of the beach looking back towards the boardwalk bridge. You can see where the breach flows through and you can see the new sandbar created in the back ground. The river used to cut right through the middle of that sandbar.
Here is another view of the new sand dune that has been formed on which you can walk right onto the marsh.