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Monday, December 9, 2013
A couple who own a cliffside holiday park have said their £190,000 sea defence which they paid for prevented the business being ruined.
Richard and Anna Hollis, from Castaways Holiday Park in Bacton, bought 1,750 tonnes of armoured rock, which was heaped around steel sheet pilings at the base of the eroding cliff in 2011.
They said the granite prevented the park from being damaged by the high tide on Thursday night.
Mr Hollis said: “We have not lost our caravans which would have bankrupted us. If we had not have paid for the defences we would have lost our business.”
He added cliffs supporting Red House Chalet and Caravan Park and Eastward Ho Holiday Centre next door to Castaways had been seriously eroded, compared to their section of cliff.
The couple were on holiday in Florida, America, when high tide hit but returned on Sunday morning.
“We were panicking because we couldn’t see what was going on. We had a sleepless night worrying about it. I was dreading what we would see,” Mr Hollis added.
He said the couple paid for their own sea defence in “desperation” and they were still paying for it.
“The government need to do more. Sea defences need to be redone for future levels,” the holiday park owner added.
Mr and Mrs Hollis have put up one family from Walcott whose home was damaged in the flood.
Parts of the Walcott home had been recently refurbished for a disabled daughter.
Mr and Mrs Hollis took over the park 10 years ago after moving from the midlands and the site can hold up to 50 families in apartments or caravans.
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