Firefighters on alert for flooding

By Richard Wright

Friday, December 6, 2013

 

Firefighters on alert for flooding

Cowes High Street, during flooding in the early hours of the morning. Picture by Martin Nott.

UPDATED 12:35*

ISLE of Wight firefighters distributed sandbags in an early hours flood alert this morning (Friday).

They were called to St Andrews Street in Cowes as the widely predicted tidal surge caused the River Medina to rise dangerously high.

Sandbags were issued at about 3am, however there were no reports of serious flooding and firefighters left the area within the hour.

An Environment Agency alert remains in place for coastal areas for this afternoon’s high tide.

*George Dykes, landlord of the Vectis Tavern, Cowes, said water began coming into the pub at around 1.30am and he had put sandbags in the front doorway.

He spent the morning mopping-up after water spilled into the pub whose main bar is below street level.

He said: "It is not as bad as I thought it would be. I sandbagged the place up and let the water find its own level. "There was no stopping it. There has not been damage, just a bit of a mess. The water level was about two inches."

However, beauty salon, Finishing Touches, lost all its electrical power and has had to close for the day while staff clear up the mess.

Senior therapist, Rachel Mann, said: "It has flooded our entire shop. The entire floor is soaked."

There was futher flooding in St Helens, where activity company Tackt-Isle made the most of the conditions, kayaking along Duver Road.

"Only about two cars have made it along this morning and they were both big 4x4s. We have given a few people a lift back and forth," said chief instructor and director Ben Smith.

Flooding

Flooding on Duver Road, St Helens. Picture by Tackt-Isle via Twitter @Tackt_Isle.

Cowes flooding

Flooding on Cowes Parade. Picture by Tom Bailey.

Cowes flooding

Flooding on Cowes Parade. Picture by Tom Bailey.

Cowes flooding

Flooding at Town Quay, Cowes. Picture by John Cattle.

East Cowes flooding

Flooding at East Cowes. Picture by Val Kitchen.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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