Warnings Over Unusually High Tides This Weekend

Porthloo sea defences. Photo by Blackwell Building Services.

Porthloo sea defences. Photo by Blackwell Building Services.

The Council has issued a flood warning for today, the weekend and Monday morning.

The Environment Agency has told them that property on St Mary’s, St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St Martin’s could be affected by the high spring tides.

St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark says he was surprised by the alert because his forecast predicts that Sunday will be “glorious and one of the best days this year” with light winds and little swell.

The high pressure means the peak tide will be lower than expected. Tomorrow at 11.30am, it will drop to 100cm at St Mary’s Quay.

That could make the walk between Tresco and Bryher easier for the visitors and islanders expected to make the most of the low water levels today and on Saturday.

Tresco Estate says their inter-island walk promotion has been a success.

Marketing Manager Alasdair Moore says they’ve had 21 bookings from people who have come over because they wish to make the crossing.

The unique stay involves two nights on Tresco and two nights at Hell Bay on Bryher, with guests walking between the two.

Alasdair says it really captures people’s imaginations, with an almost “biblical idea of the waters receding.”

And the spectacle isn’t just one of people walking across the exposed seabed.

He says it’s also fun to see the vehicles out on the low tide with the odd Bryher resident making a trip over in their car!



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