Council starts clean up operation at Westward Ho!

14:16 03 February 2014

The damage at Westward Ho! today (Mon).

The damage at Westward Ho! today (Mon).

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Torridge District Council workers have been assessing the storm damage after a weekend of high spring tides.

The damage at Westward Ho! today (Mon).The damage at Westward Ho! today (Mon).

TORRIDGE District Council has been making emergency repairs to storm damaged communities across North Devon.

Some areas of Westward Ho! along the promenade and in the slipway carpark have been cordoned off due to damage and subsidence.

The council has also contracted SEL Clarke Plant Hire to rebuild the Pebble Ridge, and work has been ongoing throughout the weekend.

Members of the council’s operational services team have mounted a clear-up operation and are in Westward Ho! today (Monday) tidying up affected areas.

The damage at Westward Ho! today (Mon).The damage at Westward Ho! today (Mon).

Jenny Wallace, Torridge’s head of paid services, said: “Having seen for myself the immense power of the sea, the priority at the moment is for public safety and to protect residential properties as far as is practically possible.

“Staff have been working all over the weekend but with more storms forecast, any major repair works to the sea wall for example would soon be undone so we are asking the public to keep a safe distance if they come out to see the crashing waves.”

North Devon is currently under a yellow weather warning for wind and rain which is in place tomorrow and Wednesday.

The council has also closed access to the beach at Bucks Mills after huge waves blew giant holes in the slipway.

Mrs Wallace added: “Patched repair work there too would be impractical as the next high tides and storms would surely only undo the work.

“We will need to carry out a thorough survey there when it’s safe to do so but the costs of repair could run into the many thousands.”

The council has asked any members of the public coming down to Westward Ho! to watch the sea to stay safe and keep their distance from the seafront.

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