Tidal flooding sweeps east coast of Isle of Man

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A 30-metre section of sea wall on Ramsey’s Mooragh Promenade and part of the wall of Douglas’s sunken gardens were two of the casualties from yesterday’s flooding.

At high tide on Monday, waves again crashed over on to roads and promenades around the island’s coasts.

Ramsey residents and Civil Defence workers pictured on Saturday

Ramsey residents and Civil Defence workers pictured on Saturday

It was the third time in four days that the island was hit by a combination of a big spring tide and strong winds.

Other damage involved the railings on the Broadway side of the war memorial in Douglas.

In Castletown, a barrier was erected between Back Hope Street and Hope Street to reduce the impact of flooding.

Department of Infrastructure maintenance manager Alan Hardinge said the barrier had been a success – with water not entering any properties.

He said that DoI staff had spent the day maintaining the road closures on a number of coast roads, handing out sandbags to properties and businesses, and later on, starting the clear up operation.

Kirsty Pendlebury of the Met Office, based at Ronaldsway, said high tide in the capital on Monday afternoon was 8.1 metres. It was 8.2 metres on Saturday.

As the Examiner went to press, she said Met Office staff were keeping an eye on the emerging weather conditions for Wednesday.

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