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Storm causes devastation on prom

Storm surge aftermath.
Pebbles from the beach strewn across the prom opposite Morecambe Town Hall.

Storm surge aftermath. Pebbles from the beach strewn across the prom opposite Morecambe Town Hall.

A massive clear-up operation is underway after a violent storm hit the district.

Raging seas tore apart a car park and flooded a leisure club at Hest Bank near Morecambe.

Tarmac was ripped to pieces, boulders were washed ashore, cars floated on the violent waters, the gym’s swimming pool was flooded with seawater and people were trapped inside the building on Thursday, December 5.

Sally Norman, one of the managers at VVV Health and Leisure Club on Marine Road East, told The Visitor: “It was up to the windows - the sea was literally bashing on the windows.

“It has obliterated a lot of the car park. About a third of it has gone. It’s got in the pool, the spin room. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Elsewhere the debris left by the storm is being cleared up by Lancaster City Council. Trees were blown down and buildings were damaged.

Storm boards were positioned along the length of Morecambe Promenade to prevent water from running off on to Marine Road.

Happy Mount Park had to close to the public for a short time due to tree damage in the park but it was quickly re-opened.

Dalton Square in Lancaster had to be closed so that the city council’s tree could deal with damaged trees and Williamson Park had to close for a short time.

Although the park has re-opened, the Butterfly House and adjacent mini-beast area, remain closed due to damage to the roof of the building. They are likely to remain closed while the damaged is assessed and repaired.

Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “Thankfully all the work that has taken place over the years, not least the flood defences in Morecambe, meant we were well prepared and avoided much more serious consequences.”

 

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