February 23, 2015
In photos: High Spring 'supertide' hits seafront in Burnham-On-Sea

Burnham-On-Sea saw one of its highest tides in years on Saturday (February 21st) during a weekend of exceptionally high Spring tides.

These were the scenes at 8.30am as the 'supertide' reached its peak, with plumes of spray being sent into the air from the waves - although the weak onshore winds meant there was no flooding.

While several waves broke onto the seafront, as pictured here, there was fortunately no flooding and only pools of standing water were left behind.

The Environment Agency has issued a warning of possible flooding along the Bristol Channel coastline as the 'supertides' are due.

Pic: Tony Deahl

The dramatic scenes along the seafront were caused by a rare alignment of the sun, earth and moon that resulted in creating some of the highest tides for 18 years, bringing a risk of overtopping.

In Burnham, there was a 12.2m tide on Saturday morning and further high tides followed with a 12.0m tide on Sunday morning, where the calm conditions meant there were few waves. Monday's high tides will be at 9.50am and 10.09pm.

As the high tides hit the town's seafront, members of Burnham Sailing Club were checking their boat moorings to ensure there were no problems.

Walkers have been being urged not to put themselves at risk by trying to get too close to the water's edge.

The Environment Agency closed Burnham-On-Sea's flood gates at the jetty, Sailing Club and Maddock's Slade as a safety precaution.

Some of the spray left puddles of sea water along parts of the seafront, as pictured here.

The dunes along Burnham's coastline were cut back in some areas.


Tide times for Burnham-On-Sea


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