As part of Torbay Council’s recovery process, inspections are taking place across the bay to assess the damage caused by Storm Emma and the strength of the sea. The impact and damage has been significant to sea walls and the coastal defence infrastructure. The Harbour Authority recorded 5 meter waves during the storm which combined with the high spring tides to produce the high seas we witnessed last week.

Harbour and coastal defence engineering inspections are now taking place to identify all of the damaged areas and to prioritise the repair work. Rangers are also checking play parks, public rights of way and sports pitches and buildings.

Some areas have already been fenced off and these include Brixham Breakwater as well as Brixham Breakwater’s Bistro, parts of the car park and promenade. Other areas which have been cordoned off are Shoalstone pool kiosk, the slipway at Broadsands, Goodrington and shelters along Paignton and Preston. As assessments are still ongoing other areas are likely to be closed off.

The Council has been working with TOR2 to clear debris caused by the adverse weather. This took place at Torquay seafront, Paignton Esplanade and Eastern Esplanade and Preston Green over the weekend. Meadfoot Sea Road has also been cleared, so all coastal highways in Torbay are now open.

Work has started today on clearing promenade debris at Goodrington and Oddicombe. Beach huts are also being returned on Preston Green. Misplaced pavement slabs and kerbs which have been badly damaged and cause a trip hazard continue to be made safe and repaired.

The extent of the damage identified so far is significant and the repairs will take time to complete, but Torbay Council is prioritising the recovery so it can ensure as much work as possible is completed in time for the Easter Bank Holiday.

Members of the Community have been extremely helpful in the clear-up operation and Torbay Council wants to encourage local residents to continue to do this. However, they are being asked not to carry out repair work in public areas - as well as being a health and safety issue it can also hinder the identification of hidden problems.

Anybody who sees any damage in their local area is being encouraged let their ward councillor know so the information can be collated and used as part of Torbay Council’s recovery plan. Feedback will provide valuable information as to what is happening in Torbay’s communities and help the Council respond.

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