High Spring 'supertide' hits seafront in Burnham-On-Sea
saw one of its highest tides in years on Saturday (February 21st)
during a weekend of exceptionally high Spring tides.
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.
several waves broke onto the seafront, as pictured here, there
was fortunately no flooding and only pools of standing water were
Environment Agency has issued a warning of possible flooding along
the Bristol Channel coastline as the 'supertides' are due.
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.
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.
the high tides hit the town's seafront, members of Burnham Sailing
Club were checking their boat moorings to ensure there were no
have been being urged not to put themselves at risk by trying
to get too close to the water's edge.
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.