Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 06-01-2014

More weather misery ahead

by Joanne Clague

More weather misery ahead - picture The east coast is in for another battering today, as storm force gales and a high tide combine to bring the threat of further flooding.

Castletown and Ramsey will once again be the worst affected and many promenades and harbours will be closed to traffic and pedestrians ahead of the high tide at 3pm. However, the water level is expected to be some 12 inches lower than it was during the tidal flood on Friday.

Yesterday, the Department of Infrastructure issued extra sandbags to businesses and households in Castletown and Ramsey. Both communities said not enough sandbags had been provided ahead of Friday’s storm.

Once again, members of the public are being warned to stay away from areas where waves of up to five metres will be throwing up stones and debris, and to keep clear of flood waters.

Roads will remain closed to vehicles and pedestrians until 6pm on Douglas prom from Broadway to Port Jack, Castletown prom and surrounding roads, Laxey prom and the harbour road, and the Shore Road at Rushen. In Ramsey, the quayside, Parliament Street, Market Square and promenades will remain closed until 6pm.

Other areas including Peel and Port St Mary are being monitored throughout the day.

A spokesman for the emergency services has warned: ‘Extreme caution is also advised for those watching the storms, as some people put themselves at risk during Friday’s extreme weather. It is also possible that raw sewerage could be discharged from manholes, so people are asked to keep out of flood waters.’

Gale force winds are expected to continue overnight and into tomorrow (Tuesday). Today’s ferry services were cancelled and tonight’s Steam Packet sailing to Heysham is expected to be delayed or cancelled.

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