Scilly Council Director With Latest Storm Advisory at 5pm

Waves crashing over St Mary's quay.

Waves crashing over St Mary’s quay.

It’s getting rough, particularly around the Quay.

The pontoon has been removed as it is damaged. St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark says cracks have appeared in the lean-to freight covering area behind the harbour office.

The weight of the waves has crushed the seaward side railings that separate passengers from the freight movements on the quay when you board the Scillonian. Don’t go on the quay, he says. It is not safe.

There is a massive swell currently and the wave height at the quay reached 6.5m earlier.

From Radio Scilly

Update on what the Council is doing from the Director of Place Craig Dryden.

High water is at 6.09pm.

The Council has started selling sandbags for 50p from the One Stop Shop following requests from residents.

Director of Place Craig Dryden is also asking people not to drive through flood water on Hugh Street as this creates a wash that make flooding in properties worse.


5 Responses to Scilly Council Director With Latest Storm Advisory at 5pm

  1. Pat Hayden January 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I agree with every word John Banfield says – what a disgraceful situation! Not our responsibility, come back on Monday when the office is open – what an appalling way to treat fellow islanders in a time of possible crisis.

  2. John Banfield January 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

    At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old git I would like to add an observation or two, For The Director of Place to say after the event that lessons had been learnt, is the bog standard official cop out for someone not up to speed with events. I spent 20 yrs from 1972 with the Retained Fire Service on St Mary’s, the lessons were learnt then, on how to cope in the same conditions(possibly worse) than what we have experienced over the last week or so. The only thing that has changed has been the experts in charge, nobody 40 years age attended Nation Wide Seminars on Disaster Management, but the job still got done, nobody turned round and said “not our responsibility” The Direct Labour Force along with the Fire Service and members of the Island community turned to and did something constructive, the costs incurred were worried about after the event.You can have as many paper exercises as you like but you need some one with a practical mind to get things done. As for selling sand bags! in the One Stop Shop, its not open weekends, so please do not have any floods planned for this weekend.

    • Lindy January 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      I said exactly the same this afternoon to a group of folk. Experience counts for a lot and prevents a tremendous amount of distress in our community. Having to pay for sandbags is an insult. Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted springs to mind with regard to the Open shop selling bags on Monday, now that is planning is it not

  3. Neil January 4, 2014 at 1:07 am

    You are all in our prayers. Having lived on a low island, I know what you are facing.

  4. Amanda kingsnorth January 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Selling sandbags? Geeeeez! Good luck to all Scillonians, I hope your evening is less eventful than predicted.