Floods special: A terrible night but spirit shone through

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Businesses across the town were left to man the barricades as the sea-water began to rise on the fateful night.

Those who make their livelihood on Foreshore Road and Sandside could only watch in horror as the tide moved ever closer and, finally, into their premises.

The effects were immediate.

Power went off, stock was left in ruins, surfaces unclean and not fit to be used.

Years of hard work washed away in the blink of an eye.

However, the spirit of the community pulled those who had been hit through the worst times.

John Senior, chairman of the South Bay Traders Association, said: “The response was amazing.

“All the businesses pulled 
together, those who were not too badly hit helped out those who were and some businesses were open again within days.

“It seems to be every eight to 10 years that we get a really bad flooding incident like this but I think that between the community, the council and the RNLI and other emergency services everyone reacted with spirit and pulled through amazingly.”

At the Newcastle Packet landlady Kath Duffy was left without power for a week and had to sleep downstairs in her pub for warmth.

“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said.

The clean-up lasted days and repair work was still being carried out months later as flood defences were rebuilt.

Grants from the Government helped to reduce the burden on taxpayers but Scarborough Council still had to find £250,000 for the works.