Photos: Torridge works to clear up Westward Ho! storm damage

14:12 09 January 2014

Areas of tarmac along the promenade have been ripped up.

Areas of tarmac along the promenade have been ripped up.


In the aftermath of the storm, these photos show the damage left by the huge spring tides over the weekend.

The slipway car park in Westward Ho! remains closed.The slipway car park in Westward Ho! remains closed.

WESTWARD Ho! Pebble Ridge has been replenished following the high spring tides over the weekend.

The village was battered by huge waves with pebbles still evident today (Thurs) along the promenade where they were spat out by the sea.

Work has been done to clear the Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf and Go Karts centre and diggers have carried out emergency work on the Pebble Ridge.

But areas of the promenade have suffered with the tarmac ripped up by the waves, and the slipway car park is currently closed.

Work have been done to urgently replenish the Pebble Ridge.Work have been done to urgently replenish the Pebble Ridge.

Councillor Philip Collins, leader of Torridge District Council, said: “I am proud of the team effort our officers made during the weather problems in Westward Ho!

“Staff have been working tirelessly on the clean-up operation all over the weekend often in atrocious conditions.

“Due to the exceptional sea conditions on Friday and over the weekend, we organised heavy plant equipment early on Friday morning to undertake emergency repairs to the damaged sea-defences and Pebble Ridge at Westward Ho! Our primary focus was the protection of the public and residential property.

“In addition to breaches in one section of the Pebble Ridge, the sea wall and promenade took a severe battering.

“A survey of the area over the next couple of days will reveal the full extent of the damage incurred and arrangements will be put in place for the necessary repairs to be undertaken.”

Councillor Collins said Torridge was also developing plans for the long term protection of the residential properties most at threat of flooding in the village.

He added: “While at first glance it looks like Torridge may have got off lighter than other areas, the winter has not ended and I urge everyone to be careful and take necessary precautions for personal safety and property where possible, and always check the updated forecasts.”

To see more photos of the damage click the gallery link on the right of the page.

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