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Families evacuated as the storm hits – and another’s on the way

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THREE families were evacuated from their homes in St Peter this week following severe flooding as Storm Ciara coincided with spring tides.

Weather. High tide at Le Hocq. Picture: DEBBIE BROWN.. (27146541)

The flooding happened at around 6.50pm on Monday night and the Fire and Rescue Service were called to pump the water out of the affected area.

During the same evening, emergency services were also called to deal with debris being blown off an office building on the corner of Gloucester Street and the Esplanade, along with various landslides, fallen trees and collapsed walls.

And the clean-up operation restarted yesterday [TUE] morning after a second day of spring tides and strong winds which led to seaweed and rocks being thrown onto roads and pavements.

Victoria Avenue was closed again yesterday morning for more than two hours, causing several bus services to be delayed. Pictures were shared on social media of queues of people at the Airport waiting for buses and taxis.

One of those who has been watching the conditions closely was Jackson Lowe, owner of Nude Food on the Beach, which is based next to La Haule slipway.

‘It was not too bad in the end because the wind and the swell was heading west, so it all ended up in the far corner of the bay,’ he said. ‘But because of the big tide, it caused the waves to pump under the building and it risked pushing the decking up,’ he said. ‘However, it was just about small enough to avoid doing that. It is just a case of sweeping up now.’

Meanwhile, the kiosk on Le Hocq Slip avoided significant damage despite waves crashing onto the nearby common and draining onto the slip, flowing past the business.

The scene at Le Hocq Slipway on Tuesday morning (27146872)

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Meanwhile, supermarket shelves were beginning to be restocked yesterday [TUE} after freight ships were once again able to dock in the Island.

Jersey Met were last night warning that the extreme weather was to continue. They issued an orange tide warning for yesterday [tue] evening. Storm Dennis – the fourth named storm of the season – is also expected to hit the Island by Saturday afternoon.

Robert Plummer, duty forecaster at Jersey Met, said south-south-westerly strong force-seven winds were expected and more heavy rain. ‘It looks as though as the wind starts to move westerly we will be looking at gales, possibly severe gales later on. There will be rain, possibly heavy at times. It looks as though Saturday, in the morning, will be the less horrible of the two weekend days, so best to get out and about then,’ he said.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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