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Storm clear up continues

North Sands seaweed

Work is continuing to help the South Hams recover following severe weather and flooding in the last few weeks.

Staff from South Hams District Council have been working on Beesands beach to reclaim some of the sea defence boulders washed away after storms combined with high tides to battered the coastline.

The lengthy operation to assess all the coastal and river sites owned by the council for storm damage is ongoing.

Work has been completed at North Sands beach in Salcombe where the car park was flooded and a nearby South West Water pumping station was threatened by the flood water.

The council employed a specialist company to clear a drain and pump the flood water back over the sea wall 24 hours a day.

The drain, which runs under the road, was blocked by sand and seaweed following the storms on Friday, January 3.

More than 30 tonnes of seaweed was cleared by council staff after being washed up across the road and car park.

During the recent severe weather, council staff pulled out all the stops to keep communities supplied with sandbags filling more than 2,500 with over 50 tonnes of sand.

The sand bags were available at depots in Totnes, Tor Quarry and Ivybridge with deliveries also made direct to Salcombe, Beesands, Hallsands and Torcross.

Since the storms, arrangements have also been made for the recycling bank at Mayor's Avenue in Dartmouth to hold sandbags for local residents to collect when needed.

The council inspects and cleans more than 30 watercourses around the district each month with additional cleaning during periods of heavy rain.

Cllr Hilary Bastone, the council's Executive Member for Assets, said: "The severe weather was extremely challenging for our communities.

"I would like to thank everyone who pulled together and worked so hard to help those residents and businesses affected by the flooding and storm damage.

"Even now, the clearing up continues both for individuals and the council.

"With the rest of the winter still ahead, we will continue to prepare as best we can for any future weather emergencies."

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