Flats on Porthmeor Beach damaged by overnight storm
An elderly resident had to be evacuated from her coastal flat in St Ives as the stormy sea threatened to overwhelm the ground floor apartment.
Strong wind, driving rain and high tides at Porthmeor Beach saw water crash against Barnaloft Flats, which are located on the edge of the beach.
Water smashed the window of one of the flats and broke the wooden surrounding, leaving devastating damage.
Eighty-six-year-old Elizabeth Shaw, one of the only residents who lives in the block of flats all year round, was evacuated last night by her family amid concerns that the rising sea would cause the property to flood.
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Chris Shaw, Mrs Shaw's son, arrived at his mother’s flat at 5am this morning to survey the overnight damage.
“There was seaweed and sand everywhere. The wooden framing was broken. It is scary. We have been coming here and spending time here for the last 50 years and I have never known the sea like that," said Mr Shaw.
“We have had to evacuate [my mother]. It was too scary for her to be here. It is unsafe.”
Mr Shaw said the water got in a number of the flats early this morning and since then friends and relatives have gathered to help prepare the apartment for more bad weather which is expected this evening.
More than 100 sandbags have been lined up across the apartment window in an attempt to hold back the seawater this evening.
Mr Shaw is concerned that Cornwall Council have failed to prepare for the incoming severe weather and said the fact that a trench wasn’t dug at Porthmeor showed “poor beach maintenance”.
He added: “We are more than a little bit disappointed by the lack of work by the council. It is looking pretty grim from our point of view. We have had no help whatsoever.”
Cornwall Council have yet to comment.