Coastal attractions on the Somerset coast were hit with strong tidal surges on 11 and 12 March, causing significant water damage and prompting 33 flood warnings, and 17 flood alerts.
Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare saw high tide levels flood premises and wash debris above the shoreline, with the Environment Agency placing alerts on towns from Minehead to Portishead.
“The flood gates are closed and high tide has just passed,” said a spokesperson for North Somerset Council in Weston-super-Mare. “This was the highest tide of the year as has led to some flooding in the Bay café.”
“Some of the beach huts have been moved and last night we got most of them opened so items could be removed from them. Our priority is the safety of people so we will move the beach huts once the tide has receded and assess what damage has been caused.”
Prior to the storm surges, the Environment Agency had stated “there is the possibility of flooding to the most vulnerable seafront properties at these times on the promenade, including the Grand Pier and Seaquarium.”
Despite the warnings, the Grand Pier and Seaquarium reported no damage during the tidal surges, however the Royal Sands entrance to the seafront was closed to vehicles.