High tides cause flooding on seafront

Debris on the seaward side of Foreshore Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114801a
Debris on the seaward side of Foreshore Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114801a

RESIDENTS awoke to find seaweed scattered along Foreshore Road after high tides flooded Scarborough seafront.

Near-20ft high waves came inland after high tides on Sunday night and Monday morning following a flood alert from the Environment Agency.

Debis on the seaward side of Foreshore Road, after 6.0m high tide on sunday night, and 5.9m this morning. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114801a   28/11/11

Debis on the seaward side of Foreshore Road, after 6.0m high tide on sunday night, and 5.9m this morning. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114801a 28/11/11

Luckily any serious damage was averted as the waves fell short of reaching businesses along the busy stretch of road.

Dave Horsley, station mechanic at Scarborough Lifeboat Station, said that thankfully the service was not called out during the flooding and there were no reported incidents.

However, the area has been susceptible to flooding in the past, and he issued advice to the public, saying: “If you are down there and get caught up in it, the only thing you can do is call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

The high tide was caused by a low pressure over the North Sea between Scotland and Norway.

In Whitby, the tides reached 11ft with some shops on the seafront affected by the surge.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said that a warning had been issued so residents living in harbourside properties could prepare.

The warning was removed yesterday morning. A warning was also issued in Bridlington.