Millionaire residents at Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset, were cut off after the high tide flooded the only road leading to the peninsula. The bill for flood and storm damage is likely to reach millions. Jan 4, 2013
I went looking for coffee along Sandbanks Beach this morning without realizing how much damage had occurred over the weekend. Great mounds of sand were piled along the beaches, drifted against the cafes, and submerging walkways, playsets, and parking lots. A small army of laborers were out with shovels and tractors to put everything back into place, but it’s going to take some tie before things can reopen.
Long-term residents that I talked with over coffee at Branscombe Beach say that they haven’t seen anything this bad in as long as they have lived here. Nobody seems sure whether it was high tide, storm surge or a combination.
But everyone agrees they will be a while digging out.