Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 03-02-2014

Another storm surge today

by Joanne Clague

Another storm surge today - picture

There's the risk of more flooding today, with the Island's east coast once again bearing the brunt.

Roads will be closed in high risk areas around promenades and harbours, ahead of the high tide at 1.50pm. Saturday's high tide caused coastal overtopping but not as severe as the tidal surge of January 3, thanks to milder weather and better preparation for the conditions.

A red weather warning is in place to highlight the potential for significant coastal overtopping and inner harbour flooding during this afternoon's spring tide. Strong to gale force winds are predicted along with low pressure that will once again see large waves breaking over promenade walls and sea defences. Travel could be disrupted at peak commuter times, particularly on Douglas promenade, as the clean up operation gets under way.

More than twenty thousand sandbags were issued ahead of Saturday's severe weather event and extra contingency measures
taken, including one-tonne bags and flood barriers. These will be utilised today. Householders and shop owners need to continue to take steps to protect their properties, and to help vulnerable people.

The spokesman warned: 'Public safety is the primary concern during the severe weather and people are asked to keep clear of
flood waters and breaking waves. Motorists should park vehicles away from proms and harbours to avoid possible damage from
flying debris and flood waters.'

Road closure orders are in place from 10am to 6pm. For general help and support with flooding damage or storm damage call the Department of Infrastructure on 850000.

Pictured: the cottage at Cornaa during Saturday's tidal surge

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