The Kingsbridge community knows that high tides at the head of the estuary can spill over the harbour wall to block pedestrian footways and that tidal water is forced up drains in the highway to flood Ilbert Road, Prince of Wales Road, Mill Street, Bridge Street and Quay Lane. Yes, it has always been the case!! However, next week we do have some exceptionally big tides on the way particularly on the mornings of Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th. The approximate time window for high tides over 5 metres is as follows:
Monday 9 March 0500-0630 and 1730-1900
Tuesday 10 March 0445-0715* and 1815-1945
Wednesday 11 March 0630-0800* and 1845-2015
Thursday 12 March 0700-0830* and 1930-2100
Friday 13 March 0745-0915 and 2015-2145
Saturday 14 March 0830-1000 and 2045-2215
We’ve just experienced the wettest February on record, the water table is saturated, and the Met Office forecast is for more heavy rain; the potential for flooding this time around is very real.
Kingsbridge residents and businesses are advised to consider positioning sandbags at their properties throughout and move valuables and stock to upper floors. The Town Council has a stockpile of sandbags for it’s residents – please telephone 01548.853296 or drop into the Council Offices at Quay House which are open 9.30 am. to 1.00 pm. Monday to Friday.
Pedestrians should avoid flood water at all times and be aware that it is very likely to bring raw sewage to the surface. Please plan your day ahead and make your shopping trips accordingly. Motorists are strongly requested to make detours around the flooding e.g. school runs. Bridge Street, Mill Street and Ilbert Road may have to be closed during substantial flooding. Motorists who drive into flood water are taking unnecessary risks with their own safety.
Finally, please listen to weather reports on local television and Radio Devon to keep well informed as the weather situation can change rapidly. You can subscribe to Met Office warnings or get the App at www.metoffice.gov.uk and advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available from Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Fingers crossed that Kingsbridge will be spared any hardships but as we all know it’s wise to be prepared.