Storm surge flooding in Port St Mary’s Lime Street is caused, residents agree, by the design of the boat park and an inadequate sea wall.
Speaking after a series of floods had hit the street – the latest of which was during high tide on Monday afternoon – resident Alan Grace said: ‘Water came up the back for the third time in a week. Because we had sandbags this time, the damage was minimal. This time the properties either side of me were flooded.
‘It’s very concerning to me about the way the Department of Infrastructure (DoI) has reacted and not made any attempt to stop the way it’s coming up the boat ramp. It comes up there and with the wind there is no chance ... they made a barrier but it did not hold, they need something more substantial.’
Mr Grace said the water is funnelled up the boat ramp and into the boat park, which falls away from the sea, so traps water and directs it down the adjacent road which runs behind Lime Street properties. Compounding the situation, he said, is inadequate drainage.
The sea reaches Mr Grace’s back gate, but he took measures to protect his property.
‘I have made steps and have built up the back wall,’ he said.
‘I’m not as concerned as other people who are flooded every single time,’ he said.
He added: ‘I’m 64, I was born in this house and have never known it to flood here before they built the boat park ... we (residents) are all of one mind. The ramp is the problem and the breaching of the sea wall.
‘We need some sort of wall to stop it crashing over ... It’s easily solvable.’
Mr Grace, who is a commissioner, said the local authority has raised the issue with the DoI.
‘We are trying to get the department to do something about it.
‘All you get is money is tight. I think we are at the bottom of the pile here.’