One effect was clearly audible on the Boston dial: the absence of WNRB (1510) from the airwaves.
WNRB's transmitter is in a very low-lying area of Waltham, along a stream called Beaver Brook. When the waters began rising Sunday night, they flooded the parking lot in which the station's four towers sit, then entered the concrete transmitter house, eventually rising more than a foot above the floor. Both the main 50kw Nautel transmitter and the backup suffered damage, and when NERW stopped by last night, an engineer was still removing water from the Nautel's cabinet.
It's a credit both to WNRB's engineers and to Nautel that the station is back up and running this morning. NERW wishes them good luck...and the good long rest they'll undoubtedly need after all that bailing out.
It will take a lot longer for Portland, Maine's WLOB (1310) and WLOB-LP (Channel 45) to make it back on the air. The station's building on Warren Avenue in Portland was flooded to the roof, and word has it that damage inside was extremely severe. WGAN (560) has its transmitter just across the highway from WLOB, but remained on the air throughout the storm.