VIDEO: Damage in Seaton and Looe as MP's visit storm hit South East Cornwall
SOUTH East Cornwall has taken a battering - with the worst storm in 20 years taking its toll.
MP Sheryll Murray welcomed Dan Rogerson MP to Looe yesterday to discuss flooding issues after recent high tides.
Mrs Murray also visited nearby Seaton, where she witnessed a collapsed wall and flooded cafe.
A popular village café in Seaton felt the full force of the latest storm on Friday night.
The café is situated right on the shoreline, and part of the building now lies in tatters after the ocean swept through it in the early hours of Saturday.
Windows are smashed, some with the glass completely out of their frames so just shards remain.
The café’s extension, at the far end of the beach, took the brunt of the damage with large wooden beams strewn around in splinters and a carpet of sand lining the floor.
A folorn-looking Christmas tree lies collapsed inside the building, which regularly hosts parties and wedding receptions.
The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but the sandbags that are piled up around the site suggest there may be more trouble ahead.
A large section of wall further down the beach cracked apart overnight, and on Saturday afternoon visitors and residents were being prevented from accessing the beach from the road.
Local residents helped to mop away water in the café and Mrs Murray praised the community spirit in the village.
“I was surprised to see this fairly new sea defence collapse and will be calling to see what foundations were used,” she said.
“I felt terribly sorry for the cafe but was impressed by the amount of local people helping out this important local business.
“It was heartening to see a local community work together in this way – something I have seen during other flooding incidents which makes me so proud of the people I represent.”
Here is a video of the damage on Seaton Beach:
Severe floods hit Looe on Thursday night, with less serious flooding Friday night and yesterday morning.
On Friday morning shopkeepers on Fore Street reported up to four inches of water throughout their premises.
Yesterday Sheryll Murray MP and Dan Rogerson MP visited Looe where the pair were also joined by experts from the Environment Agency to look at options and defences put in place by local people.
As well as being the MP for North Cornwall, Mr Rogerson is also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management.
Mrs Murray said: "I am always pleased when a member of the Government can come to South East Cornwall to see for themselves the damage that the flooding can do.
"I was keen to raise a number of issues with the Minister including the importance of the Flood Re Insurance as outlined in the Water Bill which is currently going through Parliament.
“I sat on the Committee which went through this bill line by line and was keen to emphasise to the Minister the practical aspects of this bill for local people.
"It was also useful to be able to speak with the representatives of the Environment Agency and discuss some of the incidents which had happened recently in South East Cornwall."
MORE TO COME
The Environment Agency has re-issued flood alerts for most areas of Cornwall in anticipation of today's rain.
The Met Office has put out a yellow warning, warning up to 30mm could fall in some places.
This additional rainfall, following the recent wet weather, means that the public should be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport.
The Met Office said the recent spate of storms was the worst in about 20 years and had been caused by a powerful jet stream pushing a series of Atlantic depressions towards the British Isles.