Breakwater could ease flooding threat

By Martin Neville

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Breakwater could ease flooding threat

Flooding in Cowes High Street. Picture by Holly Fletcher

THE creation of an outer breakwater at Cowes could help ease flooding in the town, according to the town's harbourmaster. 

Harbourmaster Capt Stuart McIntosh said the creation of a sheltered harbour would protect against waves, which often compounded flooding.

He told harbour commissioners last Friday: "While the breakwater does not impact on the actual maximum tidal level, quite often with flooding you have a high tide compounded by wind and waves.

"The breakwater will reduce that wave action."

The Valentine’s Day storm saw seawater cascading down the High Street, threatening many businesses in the town.

Capt McIntosh said storm water drains were supposed to discharge into the estuary and were fitted with non-return valves.

But he said: "I’m not certain all those valves are working. A significant amount of water was flooded back through the drains."

He said the Environment Agency was primarily responsible for sea defences, though the section of coast from Egypt Point to the Cowes floating bridge was included in the IW Council’s coastal strategy.

"One of the big challenges with Cowes is quite a lot of the frontage is privately owned," he said.

"The High Street is at a lower level than Town Quay, which also presents a problem."



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by alan naylor

4th March 2014, at 19:23:35

So sorry Mr Matthews I never open unknown links on my computer and advise you not to do the same that is if you want to keep your bank balance

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by GARRY Green

4th March 2014, at 17:30:38

You can see why Putin has not invaded Cowes -Pointless place with nothing to offer!!!!!!

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by GARRY Green

4th March 2014, at 17:28:31

Thanks Alan Naylor! :-)

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by Will Matthews

4th March 2014, at 13:48:06

@alan naylor:

Open this link!

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by john hanson

3rd March 2014, at 11:19:07

Lets hope it works i cant keep spendng 50000 pounds a year replacing carpets and furnishings and my boat house doors

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by alan naylor

2nd March 2014, at 21:38:48

The breakwater will be built why because the decision will fall where all the money is that is The Royal Squadron and who i call THE BOAT PEOPLE who only come once a year [love that one]] and conections in London sorry folks im taking bets on it any takers

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by Steve Smith

2nd March 2014, at 21:23:45

Well then Lee, spend your £7m where you want and let others spend theirs how they want.

The HCA website also states.. securing the regeneration or development of land or infrastructure; supporting in other ways the creation, regeneration, development and continued well-being of communities in England

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by Stephen Elliott

2nd March 2014, at 20:56:45

I agree lee.

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by Steve Smith

2nd March 2014, at 19:36:09


The flooding at Cowes (and Yarmouth) only occurs at exceptionally high tides and has nothing to do with rainwater running downhill.

And why is Lee telling others where they should spend their money? As it is not coming from his pocket why does he think he has any say in the matter?

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by alan naylor

2nd March 2014, at 19:01:38

I should add that I gather the wall will be build slightly at an angle from the main impact of the oncoming tide which would could have a tidal knock on effect lower down the coast which as stated is privatly owned the bigger the slant the worse it could be I have seen the wall on Ryde front cracked in half after a storm it being 3 foot thick thats a wall supported by backfilling ie the pavement 6 foot up from the sand the breakwater will not have this support

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