NEWPORT – The superstorm's super surge left the Easton's Beach rotunda awash in salt water and buried in sand.
Water dripped from the ceiling inside the lower level of the building, where both the beach office and Save The Bay's Exploration Center were devestated by an onslought of water, sand, and floating debris.
According to one Save The Bay staffer, the marine life that had been housed inside the aquarium fared well for the most part. It wasn't clear how many animals – if any – were lost, however Save the Bay staffers said they were transporting as many as they could to the organization's Providence headquarters in buckets filled with sea water.
Meanwhile, the city's beach office – normally stocked with boogie boards and beach supplies – was deemed a complete loss. The building's utility system also appeared to have been compromised.
Across Memorial Boulevard, a dumpster, tossed from the beach parking lot, could be seen resting on the grass berm at Easton's Pond, while piles of sand were cleared from the road by a battalion of front loaders and dump trucks provided by the state.
A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency surveyed the damaged before heading out to Ocean Drive where the seawalls along Brenton Point and Green Bridge also sustained serious damage.
Look for more on the storm, and its effects, in this week's edition of Newport This Week.