Rain Weakens Coastal Bluffs
Seside camps in Stockton Springs are closer to the ocean — or, rather, the ocean is closer to the camps. Saturated water tables undermined the structural integrity of high, coastal bluffs, parts of which slid into the ocean last week. According to the Maine Geological Survey, some 200 feet of shoreline road at Fort Point Cove slid into the Atlantic and the remaining bluff is now 30 feet shorter than before. The threat continues this week as water tables become saturated and soil turns from solid ground to soup-like goop. The MGS warns tilting trees and cracks in the soil surface are among landslide indicators.