District examines damage caused by worst floods in 60 years

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: District examines damage caused by worst floods in 60 years District examines damage caused by worst floods in 60 years

PEOPLE across the district are still repairing the damage caused by the worst storm surge in 60 years two weeks after it hit.

Harwich and Dovercourt Sailing Club’s yard at Gas House Creek was flooded leaving seaweed and debris is its wake.

Railway sleepers and a crane pad floated free and some were lost at sea.

Commodore Robert Day said: “The members turned up to form a work party on Saturday and the mess was tidied up and the crane pad re-laid.”

A path at the Hogmarsh Nature Reserve, in the Stour Estuary, was not accessible after the seawall was breached.

Alan Coley, Lawford Parish Council chairman, said: “It was dealt with very well.

“But I was called at 10pm to open the Venture Centre as the fire service was being evacuated from Quay Street.

“People evacuated were told to go to the Co-op in Riverside and they would be taken to Clacton.

“There was no enthusiasm for that. I was at the Venture Centre where it was warm and fry with good kitchen facilities.

“We should think about where we are asking people to go.”

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