Flooding is Portsmouth’s biggest headache

Waves crash over the wall on Park Avenue in Portsmouth Monday, about four hours before high ride. Waves crash over the wall on Park Avenue in Portsmouth Monday, about four hours before high ride.

Some of Park Avenue in Island Park was still flooded Tuesday morning.

PORTSMOUTH — Although the town escaped the full brunt of Sandy’s fury, the storm did make some roads difficult or impossible for motorists to navigate.

A large section of Park Avenue was closed by police before high tide Monday night, as the water surged well over the top of the beach wall.

About two miles north, the southern end of Hummock Avenue was completely flooded and rendered impassable, as it was during Hurricane Irene last year.

Park Avenue was open Tuesday morning, but some motorists found if difficult to pass through the flooded area in front of Flo’s Drive In. Some turned around, while drivers of the larger vehicles plowed through.

Also Tuesday morning, a steady stream of water leaked from the roof of the Sakonnet Bridge underpass onto the sidewalk below. In Common Fence Point, the low-lying playground and baseball field were covered with water.

Waves crash over the wall on Park Avenue in Portsmouth Monday, about four hours before high ride.

Some motorists turned around when they saw what greeted them on Park Avenue this morning.

A dock at the Hummocks in Portsmouth was almost completely submerged 45 minutes before high tide Monday night. Note the angle of the ramp connecting the dock and float.

The bottom of McCorrie Lane in Portsmouth was flooded well before Monday’s high tide.

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