March 14 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, December 7, 2013
People in Wells have been trying to return to normality today after the town was hit buy the highest tide it has ever seen on Thursday night.
They have been assessing the impact of the damage on their homes and businesses, while some have been picking up the pieces their demolished beach huts.
Sands Restaurant and amusement arcade, Platten’s and French’s fish and chip shops, the Golden Fleece pub and Old Custom House bed and breakfast are amongst the businesses to have been hit.
Wells lifeboat house and harbour office have both suffered extensive flood damage.
Wells flood team co-ordinators Mike and Marie Strong said today they believe the town has seen the worst of the flooding for now, but urged people to be prepared.
Mrs Strong said: “We are hoping for no further problems but it is not an exact science so people should remain vigilant throughout the flood season.”
Both Mr and Mrs Strong also paid tribute to the work of team of around 20 flood wardens who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone remained safe.
Mrs Strong said: “Obviously as joint co-ordinator of the Wells flood warden team, and wife of the other co-ordinator, I have an interest in the work of the team.
“However I hope I can be forgiven for expressing the pride which I felt in the work of the wardens in carrying out their role of warning and informing those resident at risk of flooding.
“The initial briefing commenced on Wednesday night and the group met on Thursday morning. Their work continued until a final briefing after high tide.
“The wardens knocked on doors, gave careful explanation to residents of the danger ahead, noted who could not be contacted, who would or would not evacuate and to where.
“All this information had to be recorded – vital if it proved necessary for rescue work to be carried out.
“This work was dealt with by two of our wardens to the highest of standards – no one, me included, were allowed to provide anything other than precise detail.
“Who would not be proud of the team? And I might as well embarrass my husband by expressing my admiration of the planning and preparation which he undertakes each year – including the mapping of GPS levels of all the seven sections of the town at risk of flooding.
“I would also to express my gratitude to the police and the retained fire fighters who assisted us in our tasks.
“The support they provided could not be faulted.”