Bridlington clean up continues after flooding

Bridlington Harbour Flooded due to storm surge.'NBFP PA1349-19f
Bridlington Harbour Flooded due to storm surge.'NBFP PA1349-19f

Harbour businesses flooded during the storm surge are this week slowly getting back to normal.

On Thursday 5 December flood waters washed into Bridlington Harbour, submerging Rags, shops on Harbour Road, the Chicken Run, Gummers Wharf and the Clough Hole car park.

Chris Wright, harbour commissioner, said: “All the staff in and around the harbour are working flat out to try and get back to normal.

“The spring tide that was expected to be 6.3 metres was probably nearer 7.3 metres. So this coupled with the north westerly winds was the cause of this quite serious flooding problem.”

Jo Ackers of the Independent Shellfisherman’s Co-operative in Gummers Wharf, said: “My office and shop is pretty much gutted now. The harbour has just had a porta cabin delivered for me so I have got a base to work from.

“There is still a wall to come down in the office as the carpet goes under it. I’m looking at probably the end of January before things are back to normal. The fishing industry just gets on with stuff really.”

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight visited the harbour at the weekend to talk to some of the flood stricken business owners, including Julie and Leslie Dyl who own Rags Restaurant.

Mrs Dyl said: “We are open as normal and I am personally thanking people who helped us.”

She said new carpet will be laid in the area which was flooded and thanked those who helped with the clear up operation.

Sir Knight said: “It was a freak incident and I’m obviously pleased that the damage was fairly localised in Bridlington. Obviously I would prefer there to be no damage at all but compared with people down the coast I think Bridlington got off lightly.”

However shops and cafes along Harbour Road were englufed by up to five foot of water, leaving the businesses devastated.

Speaking to the Free Press last week, Edward Chapman of Chelsea’s, said: “It has had a massive effect on the business financially, tens of thousands of pounds. Everything was smashed up, everything is ruined.”

John Chapman, who owns the business, predicted it may not be back to normal until Easter next year. Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council’s recovery operations are continuing with welfare visits being made to all the communities affected by the flooding, with upwards of 180 properties identified as being flooded.”