Clean-up begins in Porthcawl after high tides hammer town’s seafront

The major job of repairing the damage and clearing the rocks and debris thrown up by once-in-a-generation high tides has begun in Porthcawl.

Council workers and volunteers in the town – one of the areas where tides were particularly fierce and destructive – have headed out to the seafront to help clear the damage, which saw debris thrown on to roads, parts of a golf course covered in rubbish from the sea and a wooden coastal boardwalk totally covered by rocks.


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Hugh Murray, of Porthcawl Surf School, said: “The main thing is that there is a lot of damage and I know the local council will be over stretched.

“I’ve been rallying people to help clear up the area so that the council can do the technical bit of fixing it. The [coast] path has been completely ripped up.

“We’ve cleaned up quite a bit but if we have more help, it should be finished by the end of the weekend. It would be better done sooner rather than later.”

Porthcawl Councillor Norah Clarke said she had never before seen such damage caused by the sea in Porthcawl.

 

Mrs Clarke said: “The tide has thrown up pebbles and it has covered large area of the coastal path. It goes right from Rest Bay around to Sker Point.

“Part of the boardwalk has actually been picked up and thrown towards the [Royal Porthcawl] golf club.”

A spokesperson for Natural Resources Wales said: “Following some of the worst storms seen on the South Wales coastline in 15 years, a specialist team from Natural Resources Wales has been out at Newton Beach, Porthcawl, carrying out essential repairs to the coastal defence.

“Initial inspections on Saturday morning confirmed that the stormy conditions and high tides last Friday had caused serious erosion to the defence, leaving the area vulnerable to flooding.” 


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Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/clean-up-begins-porthcawl-after-high-6488331