Storm Eunice sees tidal defence gates in Exmouth used for the first time

New tidal defence gates in Exmouth have been used for the first time as Storm Eunice batters the coastline.

Sea defences in Morton Crescent and at Mamhead Slipway and the Clock Tower were closed on, Thursday, February 17, as the town braced itself for gale-force gusts.

A spokesperson for East Devon District Council (EDDC), which operates the defences, said: “Improved road drainage should mean the other road gates will not need to be closed, but we are advising people to keep away from the seafront during the storm.”

The £12 million Exmouth flood defence scheme was completed last year with the aim of reducing flooding from a one in 25-year risk to a one in 200-year risk.

It has cut the risk of tidal flooding to more than 1,400 residential and 400 commercial properties.

A Met Office Red Weather Warning was in place for Storm Eunice which, as of late on Friday morning, February 18, had left nearly 24,000 homes in Devon without power.

The RNLI has warned people to be careful at the coast where winds were expected to hit up to 100 miles per hour.

Devon County Council is advising people to only travel if absolutely necessary and teams of tree surgeons are on stand-by to clear any fallen trees on the county’s roads.

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