January 25 - 1934: The day we almost lost the Cape's tip

1934: Provincetown in danger of becoming an island. 2006: Insurance policies pulled on Cape
The Pamet River runs almost completely through Truro

1934: The day we almost lost the Cape's tip

On this day in 1934, as reported by The Daily Courier of Connellsville, Pa., under the headline:

Atlantic Waves May
Create New Island

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Encroaching waters of the restless Atlantic may create a new island off the Massachusetts coast during the next 10 years.

Last spring a three-day storm ate away several feet of embankment and inundated the Pamet River coast guard station, and now 13 miles of Cape Cod between Truro and Provincetown is in danger of being sliced from the rest of the cape.

Pamet River, TruroThe ocean has only to advance a stone's throw at the point in question to connect with the terminus of Pamet River, a small stream which crosses the cape and joins Cape Cod Bay at Truro.

As of this writing, Provincetown remains affixed to the Outer Cape, albeit as a world unto itself.

Maps courtesy of Google maps.

2006: Insurance policies pulled on Cape Cod 

Homeowners Face Financial Storm


On this day in 2006 the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the growing concerns about global warming were having a life-changing impact on coastal communities in Massachusetts.  NewsCenter 5's Amalia Barreda reported that home insurance companies are pulling policies, saying places such as Cape Cod are too high of a risk.

Built in 1840, the Aschettinos' house in Eastham, Mass., has withstood many storms. Michael Aschettino and his wife bought the property eight years ago and have never filed an insurance claim. One day, they got a letter from their insurer, the Hingham Mutual Group, informing them their policy was not being renewed.

"I was furious in regards to money that we had paid in here for the eight years that we've been here. Take the money and run," homeowner Paula Aschettino said.

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