Safety measures in place along coastline

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An evaluation of the damage left behind from the coastal flooding on Thursday will continue throughout today (Friday) as part of a major clean up of the area.

And members of the public are being warned to remain on their guard and urged to avoid certain areas while safety measures are put in place.

The tidal surge last night (Thursday, December 5) resulted in at least 20 business premises along the Fish Quay, at North Shields and a small number of residential properties in Ferry Mews, Dukes Court and River Cottage Views being flooded.

But as the water receded North Tyneside Council and its partner Capita started assessing the full extent of damage caused while remaining vigilant for further challenges.

Teams of people are now cleaning up the impact of the flooding, which includes recovering the RNLI lifeguard hut, which uprooted and is lying on the south side of Cullercoats Bay.

RNLI will recover the hut at around 2pm today.

There are some potential safety issues around the piers in the borough and members of the public should avoid this area.

Parts of Longsands beach in Tynemouth are being closed to the public while assessment of the damage, particularly the potential risk of unstable sand dunes is assessed.

Crusoe’s café has not been badly damaged thanks to a sand bund created by the council’s Seafront Team, but the sand bund has been washed way, and will be replaced today.

The borough’s beaches have sustained damage as well as requiring a clean up of the debris left behind and the southern promenade at Whitely Bay has lost a large section of the railings.

There is also fencing missing from along a stretch of the Tynemouth coastline.

Sand has also been removed from the beaches by the high tides nut the natural process will see that return and a full inspection of the area affected is continuing today.

Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Council said: “What was clearly demonstrated last night was how strong we all are when we work in partnership to meet challenges.

“There was a sterling effort by all those involved and I would like to thank everyone for the work they did to help and support those affected by flooding, but also importantly preventing this being a much worse situation.

“For the council our priority now is to assess the impacts of the flooding and to carry out the essential work needed while remaining alert while the warnings of potential further high tides remain.

“We have teams of officers out and about from early this morning and would just urge the public to work with us and not to venture onto the Longsands beach or other areas where damage has occurred as we need first to ensure it is safe for the public.”

North Tyneside Council and highways crews provided by its partners Capita, together with the Environment Agency and Northumbria Police managed the emergency situation as the water rose.

Agencies remain on stand-by as another high tide along the coast saw waves reaching around six feet above the piers at 5.20am this morning

The Environment Agency and Met Office, through their joint Flood Forecasting Centre, have issued an amber alert for coastal flooding for today which means there is a continued likelihood of significant impacts from coastal flooding along the remainder of the east coast of England today, from Redcar, northwards.