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Storm Damage Advice For Residents In West Bay

Amy West Bay

8:06am 10th April 2014

When the storms hit West Bay earlier this year, trees were ripped up, the harbour flooded and residents were evacuated from their homes.

Weeks on, and things are back to normal but many people living in the area are still affected and counting the cost of the storm damage.

Efforts are already being made to make sure we're better prepared next time with the local authorities mapping out emergency plans to use in the future, but they need the help of people living in the worst affected areas.

This afternoon the Environment Agency is hosting a drop-in session for residents to share their stories at the Salthouse between 4pm and 7pm (Thursday 10th April).

Coastal Engineer Neil Watson says the storms were the worst to hit West Bay in 50 years, and the area needs to be better prepared;

"This year has been exceptional, we've had 4 storms which were as much as a once in fifty years rarity. But we obviously can't say it's not going to happen again and we need to plan for future bad winters and bad weather."

Neil says experts will be at the Salthouse to chat with local people and they can show them statistics behind the storm. But they're really interested in hearing stories first hand;

"We've got a lot of experts to come and join us from the councils and various people who can give advice about keeping safe and developing emergency plans, so we're keen to open a dialogue about community resilience, and the need for people to take measures to help themselves from future storms."

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