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Friday, 03 January 2014 (3047033)
by Ollie Cowan

DESPITE serious safety Concerns and warnings to stay away from the coastline, hundreds of people turned up at Southport's sea wall on Friday (January 3) to witness high tides of 10 metres crashing onto the shore.

Severe weather warnings for the Sefton Coast were issued by the Environment Agency and the risk of flooding in the Southport area was high as tide levels swelled.

However unlike December's storm which saw the Coast Road and Marine Drive become impassable due to flooding, this time the waves barely broke past the sea defenses.

The Coastguard was stationed on Marine Drive and remained on high alert during the high tide between 11am and 12.30pm but were not needed.

Many families took the opportunity to stand by the sea wall and watch the waves crashing ashore, unfazed by the safety warnings that had been issued the previous evening.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Friday's high tide and storm surge across the Sefton coastline was not as bad as the storms in December.

”Burbo Bank car park in Crosby was closed as a precaution and remains shut as further high tides are predicted in the coming days.

“Visitors to the coast are being reminded to take care as many of the sand dunes have been damaged again by Friday's storm surge.

”Local community and voluntary groups are still being asked to help out with collecting the plastics, debris and litter that has been left behind by the storms.

“Further information on the clean-up operation will be available on the Sefton Council and LovemyBeach websites.

To offer any support from January 6 onwards, call 0151 934 2967 or email”


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