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Wells escapes threatened flood

PUBLISHED: 21:29 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 21:40 13 January 2017

The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop

The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop

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High tide lapped harmlessly against defences at Wells, as the threatened gale failed to materialise.

The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Albatros rode high on her moorings, as the waters rose over the harbour car park.

But that was as far as the sea got, despite earlier fears the quayside would be flooded.

The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop

“The wind’s eased, that’s helped,” said Mike Strong, co-ordinator of Wells flood wardens. “Because we got early information, we were able to start warning people yesterday morning. So by the time it came to the water coming in, we were able to help the police stop people being silly. It’s human nature but we want to stop people putting themselves at risk”

Mr Strong and his 12-strong team ensured no-one strayed too close as the tide rose. Police, the Environment Agency, firefighters and Wells lifeboat crew were also on hand, alongside harbour master Robert Smith and his team.
“It’s been an interesting 48 hours,” said Mr Smith, as the highest in a series of spring tides peaked. “This is the one we were really worried about.”

The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop The tide spills onto Wells Quay leaving the Albatros surrounded by water. But the sea did not breach the town's defences. Picture: Chris Bishop

Earlier Steve Brundle, landlord of the Golden Fleece, opened up for the morning tide to dish up Canute’s Breakfast.

“It was just a little joke to cheer people up,” he said. “You’re always worried about it but it’s the price you pay for living in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. We’re insured, anyway.”

The flood barrier deployed to protect Freeman Street, in Wells. Picture: Chris Bishop The flood barrier deployed to protect Freeman Street, in Wells. Picture: Chris Bishop

King Canute';s breakfast was on offer at The Fleece, beside Wells Quay, during this morning's flood alert. Picture: Chris Bishop King Canute';s breakfast was on offer at The Fleece, beside Wells Quay, during this morning's flood alert. Picture: Chris Bishop

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