Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Storm leaves legacy of chaos

13:03 18 February 2014

Winds brought down a tree that blocked Station Road

Winds brought down a tree that blocked Station Road

Archant

WILD weather wreaked havoc again last week as a major clean-up operation took place following unrelenting storms – with more forecast.

Every major route into Sidmouth was blocked by fallen trees at one point last Wednesday, with one in Station Road taking down power lines and writing-off a van.

That onslaught of wind and rain came as the district council estimated its workers moved around 110 tonnes of pebbles and debris from the seafront and riverside walk on Monday. A mechanical sweeper and tractor were needed to shift a deep layer of shingle and broken tarmac.

It will cost thousands to repair decimated beach huts at Jacob’s Ladder with the work likely to take at least six weeks. Benches and bins have also been destroyed.

Last Wednesday, the A3052 near Newton Poppleford was partially blocked and the A375 at Putts Corner was rendered impassable due to fallen trees.

Drivers were lucky to avoid one that crashed down in Station Road and wrecked a vehicle parked on the forecourt of Sidmouth Body Repairs.

Mike McDonald, son of owners John and Julie, said: “It was brand new. Luckily there was no one in it. It’s written off.”

Resident Graham Cooper captured a photo of a ‘10-tonne’ concrete slab dislodged at Jacob’s Ladder and deposited 10-metres west.

“Imagine the forces and amount of energy required to shift this,” he said.

Anna Thompson, 46, was left gutted when she decided to renew her beach hut lease – only to say ‘yes’ on the day it was destroyed.

A district council spokesman said the ‘unprecedented’ storms inflicted ‘significantly more damage than usual’.

He added beach huts were kept up in the winter as, normally, the cost of dismantling and re-erecting them was more than the usual minor repairs. Staff at Dukes and Mocha have been praised for jumping into action last week to combat the threat of flooding – even when some were off duty.

Their actions saw both escape any major damage.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:42
Care Quality Commission

‘Staffing issues largely to blame but we are going in the right direction’

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
A previous Exmouth RNLI ball. Ref exe 8459-42-14SH Picture: Emma Crane-Woodman

Exmouth RNLI is holding its fundraising ball at Ocean on Saturday, September 10.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:17

District chiefs are introducing a new levy on developers to pay for infrastructure such as school places, new roads, and sports pitches.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:58
The Sidmouth Health Centre on Blackmore Drive. Ref shs 10-16SH 7178. Picture: Simon Horn

GPs ‘absolutely committed’ to retaining town centre site

Read more
Mon, 19:30

Residents have a second chance to have their say on controversial plans for a 9.3-acre business park in Sidford.

Read more
Mon, 12:00
County Hall in Exeter.

A Sidmouth woman refused medical intervention so she could die peacefully in her own bed at home, an inquest heard.

Read more
Mon, 07:00
Recycling boxes. Ref mhc 07-16SH 5145. Picture: Simon Horn

Plans to introduce an expanded recycling scheme in Sidmouth - which will see landfill-bound rubbish collected every three weeks - have prompted concern from some Herald readers.

Read more
Mon, 06:58
Ron Miles behind the bar at the lamb & flag in Ottery. Ref sho 3816-39-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Stalemate as owners fail to make necessary repairs to deteriorating building

Read more
Mon, 06:26
Sidmouth carnival. Ref shs 4032-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Tickets are on sale for a charity fashion show to raise money for Sidmouth Carnival.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications