PHOTOS & VIDEO: High tides batter North Devon coastline

Residents attempt to unblock the drains as huge waves crash into Hele. Pic: Hele Mill.

Residents attempt to unblock the drains as huge waves crash into Hele. Pic: Hele Mill. - Credit: Archant

Another high tide has hit the region tonight causing road closures and power cuts.

Jedda Stidson posted this photograph from Ilfracombe tonight.

Jedda Stidson posted this photograph from Ilfracombe tonight. - Credit: Archant

SEVERAL roads have been closed tonight (Sat) as high spring tides have once again battered coastal towns.

Residents attempt to unblock the drains as huge waves crash into Hele. Pic: Hele Mill.

Residents attempt to unblock the drains as huge waves crash into Hele. Pic: Hele Mill. - Credit: Archant

The high tide at 7.06pm has resulted in several seafront areas being closed off.

Golf Links Road in Westward Ho! is currently closed, as is the B3233 between Instow and the Bridge Lane junction.

In Westward Ho! police have cordoned off the seafront with dozens of people turning out to smash the storm.


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The huge waves have caused damage to some properties in Westward Ho! and the Fo’c’s’le Inn at Combe Martin.

PCSO Hannah Denton tweeted: “Damage to pub & shop from flying debris but no injuries #floodaware.”

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Meanwhile in Lynton and Lynmouth, there has been a powercut, but is now thought to have been restored.

@wpduk tweeted: “There is currently a #powercut in #Lynmouth #EX35. We are working on the issue and we estimate to have the power restored by 21:30.”

In Hele, huge battered the seafront, ripping up large chunks of tarmac. See the gallery on the right for more photos.

Update 10.30pm: In Ilfracombe, Wilder Road flooded and huge waves battered the Pier this evening (Saturday), with the sea surging on to the Quay and the Cove side of the harbour.

In a repeat of the storms earlier in January, police closed off the Pier, Landmark and parts of the harbour to prevent sightseers getting to close to the waves.

The Met Office is forecasting the winds will drop overnight, to 11-13mph by the time of high tide tomorrow (Sunday) which is at 7.37am, albeit once again high at 10.1 metres for Ilfracombe.

Click on the video above to see amazing footage of waves swamping Ilfracombe Pier, captured by volunteer Ilfracombe RNLI helmsman and coxswain Matt Simpson this evening.

Have you spotted any flooding? Email your photos to newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk.

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