High tide begins to batter island

Flood barrier in Castletown

Flood barrier in Castletown

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The island is bracing itself for more flooding with a storm surge at high tide this lunchtime.

Roads have been shut in preparation.

For the latest from the emergency services, click here.

It is predicted that the east coast of the island will face the main impact of the storm surge, with strong to gale force southeasterly winds and low pressure resulting in large waves breaking over promenade walls and sea defences.

Douglas and Laxey are expected to be badly hit.

Road closures are in place at key locations across the island and the entire section of Douglas promenade between the Sefton Hotel and Port Jack is shut to traffic and pedestrians.

Pedestrian access along the landward pavements of Douglas promenade will be permitted as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

Motorists are asked to abide by all road closures, drive to the conditions and to plan their journeys – particularly late afternoon travel from the capital as Douglas promenade may still be closed to traffic.

It is possible that Castletown and Ramsey could experience inner harbour flooding on a similar scale to Saturday, although early indications point to water levels being slightly lower today.

Gansey, especially the area by the Potteries, Port St Mary and Peel may also be affected.

Householders and shop owners are encouraged to take steps to protect their properties and vehicles from the storms and flooding, and to help elderly or vulnerable members of the community wherever possible.

Officers from the Department of Infrastructure, the police, the fire service, the ambulance service, Civil Defence, coastguards and Water and Sewerage Authority are working together to try to mitigate potential damage.

In addition to the 20,000-plus sandbags deployed ahead of Saturday’s severe weather event, other contingency measures such as one-tonne bags and flood barriers will again be in position to help seal off roads in vulnerable areas.

Police asked people to keep clear of flood waters and breaking waves. Motorists should park vehicles away from promenades and harbours to avoid possible damage from flying debris and flood waters.

Road closure orders are in place between 10am and 6pm. Although roads can be closed from 10am, they will remain open until it is necessary to close them on safety grounds.

Douglas – The promenade and walkway from Port Jack to Greensills Corner in front of the Sefton; Leigh Terrace – Castletown Road from its junction with Bridge Road to the Nunnery entrance; North Quay – Quine’s Corner to Parade Street

Castletown – The promenade; Douglas Street and Bridge Street from its junction with College Green to Bank Street; the Quayside – Bank Street, Victoria Road to Alexander Road (roundabout), Back Hope Street, Hope Street, Athol Terrace

Shore Road, Gansey – From Fisher’s Hill to its junction with Castletown Road, Rushen

Shore Road Underway – Shore Road to the Promenade

Laxey – The Promenade and Tent Road

Ramsey – Queen’s Promenade from its junction with Queen’s Drive East to Dale Street; Mooragh Promenade from its junction with Old River Road to Vollan Crescent; East Quay – from West Quay to Neptune Street; West Quay – from Bowring Road to East Quay; Parliament Street from its junction with Parliament Square to, and including, Market Hill

Peel – Mill Road – Station Place to East Quay

As with the previous severe weather events, the emergency services will respond to any incident where people are in danger and can be contacted on 999.

For general help and support with flooding problems or storm damage, where human life is not at risk, the public are asked to call the Department of Infrastructure’s Ellerslie Control on 850000.

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