distributed as Burnham-On-Sea braces for high tides
residents have been warned to expect further heavy rain, strong
winds and high tides over the next few days - and more sandbags
have been distributed to residents as a precaution.
Sedgemoor District Council provided 150 sandbags to Burnham on
Friday morning, when members of BARB were on hand to help distribute
them, as pictured.
"An additional 100 sandbags were available from besides
the BARB building on the seafront for residents in need,"
said council spokeswoman Claire Faun. "Sedgemoor is very
grateful to BARB for their assistance in the distribution, which
has allowed the council's staff to help out elsewhere across the
morning's tide saw big waves crash onto the sea wall, as
pictured here. Further high tides are due this weekend.
Environment Agency says tidal flooding is expected in "numerous
locations" due to large waves caused by the gales.
agency's Pete Fox told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are expecting
flooding along the west and south coasts of England and Wales,
due to a combination of strong winds, large waves and high tides,
into the weekend."
paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an
increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to
stay away from the shoreline."
local emergency services in the Burnham area have been put on
standby by Somerset County Council to provide help for residents
over the next few days if the storms prove as disruptive as forecast.
County Councils Civil Contingencies Unit and Highways Teams
are working closely with West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District
Council, Environment Agency and District Councils to prepare.
Hewitt, Director with responsibility for Emergency Planning in
Somerset, said: "The precise impact is hard to say, but we
are being told that we could be badly affected. We
are doing what we can, but in weather like this its important
that people take common sense precautions avoid sea front
areas, dont drive into floodwaters and check on vulnerable
neighbours if you think they may be at risk in any way."
The council says homeowners are "strongly urged" to
protect their homes. Some sandbags can also be bought from local
builders merchants. Instructions on how to use sandbags effectively
have been issued here.
MORE: For tide times, click here
and see our live seafront webcam here.