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Blizzard Of 2015 Flooding Forces Scituate Evacuations, Breaches Seawall

SCITUATE (CBS) -- Flooding caused by the Blizzard of 2015 forced evacuations in Scituate Tuesday as conditions deteriorated.

Town administrators said they received increased requests for evacuations at about 3:45 a.m. due to the flooding, high winds, blowing snow drifts and white-out conditions. The town declared a state of emergency at 4:55 a.m.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 22-foot section of seawall at 6 Oceanside Ave. was breached, officials said. It will increase water flow to the area, but residents are not at any additional risk.

Town Administrator Patricia A. Vinchesi said a vehicle had washed away on Edward Foster Road and was floating downtown. A downtown resident was also being evacuated because a wave came through their front door, she said.

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A Scituate resident is rescued during the Blizzard of 2015 (Bill Shields/WBZ)

"The most important thing right now is that we have severe flooding in downtown Scituate," Vinchesi told WBZ-TV.

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Central Avenue in Humarock was impassable due to four feet of water, she said. Front Street and Cole Parking also had four feet of water.

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The Blizzard of 2015 caused flooding in Scituate (Chris McKinnon/WBZ)

The town said there were isolated power outages reported due to downed trees.

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The National Guard helps out with evacuations in Scituate in January 2015. (Bill Shields/WBZ)

Officials are asking residents to stay inside Tuesday morning and say the afternoon tide could bring more flooding.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Karen Twomey reports:

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