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Seawalls at risk as severe flood warning issued for East Devon coast

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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A severe flood warning has been put in place for the East Devon coast as heavy rain and strong winds batter the region.

The warning is for Low lying and exposed communities between Exmouth and Lyme Regis, including sea front areas of Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Seaton

A representative of the environment agency said:

“The time and date of forecast high water is 18:45 on 14th Feb 2014. The predicted astronomical tide level is 1.79mAOD. The forecast surge height is 0.99m. The forecast wind direction is SSW. The forecast wind strength is Force 8. Times of high tide will vary along the coast. Conditions will usually apply 2-4 hours either side of high tide. Large waves are forecast to build from a southerly direction. Wave heights could be 3 to 5.5m. This is likely to lead to significant spray overtopping and the potential for further damage to sea walls.”

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