The Forgotten Shore

by Amy Ellis Nutt


Using the scroll bar or your mouse wheel, slowly scroll down to begin the narrative. There is no need to search the map -- as you scroll, the map will guide you through eight locations that are key to Amy Ellis Nutt's project, "The Forgotten Shore." Click links in the text boxes to access other parts of the project and read Nutt's full report below. Read more

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Delaware Avenue

Martin “Reds” Morse lives at 11 Delaware Avenue in Greenwich, where a nearby dike, built in 1802, was overrun by Hurricane Sandy and has not been repaired. Now Reds’ basement floods twice a day at high tide.

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Pine Mount Run

Pine Mount Run used to be a small stream, but erosion of the Pine Mount dike, which was breached during Sandy, has caused saltwater to inundate the surrounding land, turning marsh into mud and once-healthy trees into “ghost forests.”

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Market Lane Dike

One of three important dikes in Greenwich that is in such disrepair since Hurricane Sandy that residents feel another storm will cause it to wash away. The dike protects one of only two coastal evacuation routes out of town. Read more

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Sayre's Neck

Mike Coombs’ family has been cutting and baling salt hay for four generations. The hay cannot be cultivated; it grows on its own. But dikes that once protected farmland now threaten to destroy Coombs’ salt hay meadows unless they are repaired. Read more

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Fortescue Creek

The state marina sits on Fortescue Creek, a few hundred yards from Delaware Bay. It took the state 10 months to finally dredge the creek after a sandbar in the creek, created by last year’s hurricane, prevented charter fishing boats, as well as Coast Guard and fire and rescue boats from coming and going at low tide. Read more

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Maurice River Berm

The sand berm on the Maurice River, which feeds into Delaware Bay, was first breached in a storm in 1989 and has only widened. Hurricane Sandy blasted through it and continues to cause flooding in the town of Bivalve at full moon high tides and in storms.

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Bateman's Live Crabs

Bob Bateman has been a waterman for more than 30 years. This crabbing season was one of the worst ever because the hurricane washed away or killed the crab spawn. Read more

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Mouth of Delaware Bay

Josh Catlett, 23, died here in April when his fishing dredge caught on debris that shouldn’t have been there and capsized the boat. Most of the Delaware Bay watermen believe it was debris either deposited by, or moved by, Sandy. Two men survived, but Josh drowned. He would have been 24 on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Map by Stephen Stirling
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