Southend seafront closed off as storms hit

Southend Standard: Sourthend seafront closed off as storms hit Sourthend seafront closed off as storms hit

A LARGE stretch of Southend seafront was closed off today as wild waves crashed over the seawall. Police put in road closures and businesses shut up shop as areas between Southend Pier and Chalkwell Avenue were left flooded.

Southend Standard:

People were warned not to go to near to the seafront while the ferocious waves hit the coast.

Businesses were badly affected by the bad weather with some seafront traders choosing to close for the entire day.

Southend Standard:

A spokeswoman from Essex Police said: “Police assisted in putting road closures in place from the Pier to Chalkwell Avenue due to concerns about large waves crashing onto the pavement and road.

“Officers liaised with the coastguard in relation to the closure and the times of high tide. They also liaised with fire and ambulance services. The closure was in place from about 1.35pm until about 2.40pm.”

Southend Standard:

A coastguard spokesman said: “Our coastguard team assisted police with the road closures and advised members of the public to avoid the water and the waves for their own safety.”

 

 

 

High Tide at Southend today @YourSouthend pic.twitter.com/3WWn3Ezzfv

— Jane Davis (@JaneDizzyDavis) January 3, 2014
 

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— Anastasia Chinery (@AnastasiaC35) January 3, 2014

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4:52pm Fri 3 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

pathetic...
pathetic... pembury53
  • Score: -23

5:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

emcee says...

If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle?
Yet another panic driven over-reaction.
If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle? Yet another panic driven over-reaction. emcee
  • Score: 18

5:35pm Fri 3 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

emcee wrote:
If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle?
Yet another panic driven over-reaction.
exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle? Yet another panic driven over-reaction.[/p][/quote]exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend...... pembury53
  • Score: 9

5:37pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Lesley says...

Road Closed signs might have blown away.
Road Closed signs might have blown away. Lesley
  • Score: 47

5:48pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

How dare SBC send wind & rain, why can't the council let us have Sun? Come on SBC I want Sun.



Well everyone else blames the council for what ever happens, why not me.
How dare SBC send wind & rain, why can't the council let us have Sun? Come on SBC I want Sun. Well everyone else blames the council for what ever happens, why not me. Southend Andy
  • Score: 27

6:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

pembury53 wrote:
emcee wrote:
If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle?
Yet another panic driven over-reaction.
exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......
I thought it looked like fun, if i had known i would have popped down there and got some photos.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle? Yet another panic driven over-reaction.[/p][/quote]exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......[/p][/quote]I thought it looked like fun, if i had known i would have popped down there and got some photos. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

6:36pm Fri 3 Jan 14

oohlook says...

Drove along just after 3 and all there was was some big puddles. No indication it has been shut or severe only half hour previous? There was nothing on the electronic road boards in the area either.
Drove along just after 3 and all there was was some big puddles. No indication it has been shut or severe only half hour previous? There was nothing on the electronic road boards in the area either. oohlook
  • Score: 11

6:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

maddriver says...

pembury53 wrote:
emcee wrote:
If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle?
Yet another panic driven over-reaction.
exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......
Which parts of the article are inaccurate?
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle? Yet another panic driven over-reaction.[/p][/quote]exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......[/p][/quote]Which parts of the article are inaccurate? maddriver
  • Score: 17

7:23pm Fri 3 Jan 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Must have been a regrettable revenue loss for SBC on parking bays and maybe the Parking Pattaways.
Must have been a regrettable revenue loss for SBC on parking bays and maybe the Parking Pattaways. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 20

7:41pm Fri 3 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

maddriver wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
emcee wrote:
If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle?
Yet another panic driven over-reaction.
exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......
Which parts of the article are inaccurate?
"wild waves crashed over the seawall"
the waves were not higher than the sea wall. when they hit the wall, or another wave, a plume is thrown up which is then blown across the road by the wind. it amounts to nothing more than spray.
"areas between Southend Pier and Chalkwell Avenue were left flooded"
well depends upon your definition of flooded but i suspect there are hundreds of people in other parts of the country that would consider that amusing if nothing else.
"large waves crashing onto the pavement and road"
simply false as stated above.
the road closure was actually put in place after high tide and didn't prevent anyone parked in the vicinity of the casino to leave, so what was the point as there was still traffic travelling along the esplanade (without difficulty)
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle? Yet another panic driven over-reaction.[/p][/quote]exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......[/p][/quote]Which parts of the article are inaccurate?[/p][/quote]"wild waves crashed over the seawall" the waves were not higher than the sea wall. when they hit the wall, or another wave, a plume is thrown up which is then blown across the road by the wind. it amounts to nothing more than spray. "areas between Southend Pier and Chalkwell Avenue were left flooded" well depends upon your definition of flooded but i suspect there are hundreds of people in other parts of the country that would consider that amusing if nothing else. "large waves crashing onto the pavement and road" simply false as stated above. the road closure was actually put in place after high tide and didn't prevent anyone parked in the vicinity of the casino to leave, so what was the point as there was still traffic travelling along the esplanade (without difficulty) pembury53
  • Score: 17

7:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
emcee wrote:
If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle?
Yet another panic driven over-reaction.
exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......
I thought it looked like fun, if i had known i would have popped down there and got some photos.
I got quite a few.... 'fun' yes.... dangerous no
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: If it was that bad (and it wasn't) why couldn't they use road closed signs and barriers instead of utilising a much needed police vehicle? Yet another panic driven over-reaction.[/p][/quote]exactly emcee......... reading the article above, which is littered with inaccuracies, you would think a tsunami had hit southend......[/p][/quote]I thought it looked like fun, if i had known i would have popped down there and got some photos.[/p][/quote]I got quite a few.... 'fun' yes.... dangerous no pembury53
  • Score: 3

7:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

I bet all the people who don't want the new sea wall at Thorpe Bay secretly now want it..
I bet all the people who don't want the new sea wall at Thorpe Bay secretly now want it.. Southend Andy
  • Score: 8

9:32pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Same again Saturday at about 2.30pm, but the wind won't be quite as strong.
Same again Saturday at about 2.30pm, but the wind won't be quite as strong. Nebs
  • Score: 3

12:08am Sat 4 Jan 14

ekcoanarak says...

A bunch of old women afraid of their own shadows.
A bunch of old women afraid of their own shadows. ekcoanarak
  • Score: 3

3:12am Sat 4 Jan 14

Touch79 says...

Will they be closing all the roads in Castle Point next week cause we can't see a **** thing?
Will they be closing all the roads in Castle Point next week cause we can't see a **** thing? Touch79
  • Score: 4

9:10am Sat 4 Jan 14

LightningJaques1 says...

The waves were coming over the sea wall especially at high tide, the reason for the police vehicle is probably because they had to close it immediatly and therefore no time to get the barriers, plus they probably would have blown away etc. High tide was at 2pm so the road closure was in place by then. People really do love to moan, there was wind, high tides, seafront was closed end of story.
The waves were coming over the sea wall especially at high tide, the reason for the police vehicle is probably because they had to close it immediatly and therefore no time to get the barriers, plus they probably would have blown away etc. High tide was at 2pm so the road closure was in place by then. People really do love to moan, there was wind, high tides, seafront was closed end of story. LightningJaques1
  • Score: 15

9:38am Sat 4 Jan 14

LastIaugh,,. says...

Pembury53 says...

travelling along the esplanade

Those waves are entitled to travel or stay where they are. Anyone who says they are invading these shores is a typical Dail Mail Nazi.

I have your names in my book.
Pembury53 says... travelling along the esplanade Those waves are entitled to travel or stay where they are. Anyone who says they are invading these shores is a typical Dail Mail Nazi. I have your names in my book. LastIaugh,,.
  • Score: -4

9:42am Sat 4 Jan 14

seasider270 says...

"I bet all the people who don't want the new sea wall at Thorpe Bay secretly now want it.."

Er No - the road closure was Western Esplanade - the council wants to dump soil - sorry - build wall - 3 miles away at Shoebury/Thorpe Bay. The fact that the only bit that flooded (from spray) was miles away from the proposed site really just shows that SBC are about to waste £15m of our money. Try asking your local MPs for their views on this wall - I bet they will be too spineless to give an answer.
"I bet all the people who don't want the new sea wall at Thorpe Bay secretly now want it.." Er No - the road closure was Western Esplanade - the council wants to dump soil - sorry - build wall - 3 miles away at Shoebury/Thorpe Bay. The fact that the only bit that flooded (from spray) was miles away from the proposed site really just shows that SBC are about to waste £15m of our money. Try asking your local MPs for their views on this wall - I bet they will be too spineless to give an answer. seasider270
  • Score: 11

10:02am Sat 4 Jan 14

Letmetryagain says...

I don't think I'd fancy driving my car through salt water.
I don't think I'd fancy driving my car through salt water. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 6

11:52am Sat 4 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
I don't think I'd fancy driving my car through salt water.
it's a lot less salty and corrosive than when all the grit starts going down.... that stuff will really rot your car.........hopefull
y this weather will keep going and there'll be no need for it this year.....
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: I don't think I'd fancy driving my car through salt water.[/p][/quote]it's a lot less salty and corrosive than when all the grit starts going down.... that stuff will really rot your car.........hopefull y this weather will keep going and there'll be no need for it this year..... pembury53
  • Score: 3

12:09pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

seasider270 wrote:
"I bet all the people who don't want the new sea wall at Thorpe Bay secretly now want it.."

Er No - the road closure was Western Esplanade - the council wants to dump soil - sorry - build wall - 3 miles away at Shoebury/Thorpe Bay. The fact that the only bit that flooded (from spray) was miles away from the proposed site really just shows that SBC are about to waste £15m of our money. Try asking your local MPs for their views on this wall - I bet they will be too spineless to give an answer.
Its a joke, I know its down the other end, some people moan about anything & everything others change there minds quicker then the Italians in the war others do both! Get a sence of humor.
[quote][p][bold]seasider270[/bold] wrote: "I bet all the people who don't want the new sea wall at Thorpe Bay secretly now want it.." Er No - the road closure was Western Esplanade - the council wants to dump soil - sorry - build wall - 3 miles away at Shoebury/Thorpe Bay. The fact that the only bit that flooded (from spray) was miles away from the proposed site really just shows that SBC are about to waste £15m of our money. Try asking your local MPs for their views on this wall - I bet they will be too spineless to give an answer.[/p][/quote]Its a joke, I know its down the other end, some people moan about anything & everything others change there minds quicker then the Italians in the war others do both! Get a sence of humor. Southend Andy
  • Score: -4

1:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I's Blames the Draines...
I's Blames the Draines... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Sat 4 Jan 14

LastIaugh,,. says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
I's Blames the Draines...
What have the Draines ever done to you? Don't you know they are ancient and have been here for years.

You are a nasty 'drainest' and I've recorded that fact for later use.

Much later. Several years later. Probably. If at all.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: I's Blames the Draines...[/p][/quote]What have the Draines ever done to you? Don't you know they are ancient and have been here for years. You are a nasty 'drainest' and I've recorded that fact for later use. Much later. Several years later. Probably. If at all. LastIaugh,,.
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Sat 4 Jan 14

jayman says...

it was so dramatic that onlookers had time to flick through the various instagram filters on a smart phone to find the best one to showcase some old dot getting sprayed in the face by a wave from a large body of 50/50 (50% sea water 50% London toilet water)

wait till the next storm front reaches the uk..

SHOCKER WAVES!.... Now the council will have to pay a 500% mark-up on ineffective/misplace
d seawalls instead of the 150% mark-up already slapped on by the bunch of gentleman cowboy builders who the council found in the back of the 'brown pages'
it was so dramatic that onlookers had time to flick through the various instagram filters on a smart phone to find the best one to showcase some old dot getting sprayed in the face by a wave from a large body of 50/50 (50% sea water 50% London toilet water) wait till the next storm front reaches the uk.. SHOCKER WAVES!.... Now the council will have to pay a 500% mark-up on ineffective/misplace d seawalls instead of the 150% mark-up already slapped on by the bunch of gentleman cowboy builders who the council found in the back of the 'brown pages' jayman
  • Score: -3

4:11pm Sun 5 Jan 14

runwellian says...

Since when did Southend have a 'r' in it?

Is the Echo implying that southend is 'sour' to cant the editors do the job they are paid to do?

Pay peanuts you get monkeys!
Since when did Southend have a 'r' in it? Is the Echo implying that southend is 'sour' to cant the editors do the job they are paid to do? Pay peanuts you get monkeys! runwellian
  • Score: 1

11:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

runwellian wrote:
Since when did Southend have a 'r' in it?

Is the Echo implying that southend is 'sour' to cant the editors do the job they are paid to do?

Pay peanuts you get monkeys!
In this country, pay millions and you still get monkies. The monkies have taken over the zoo, and don't have a phone! My metaphores are all mixed up!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Since when did Southend have a 'r' in it? Is the Echo implying that southend is 'sour' to cant the editors do the job they are paid to do? Pay peanuts you get monkeys![/p][/quote]In this country, pay millions and you still get monkies. The monkies have taken over the zoo, and don't have a phone! My metaphores are all mixed up! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 2

11:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

I don't know what monkies are ether, but it makes for balanced reporting apparently!
I don't know what monkies are ether, but it makes for balanced reporting apparently! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

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