Nearly 400 Council and privately-owned beach huts have been damaged at Bournemouth following violent wind, rain and exceptionally high tides on Friday. Around 30 are thought to be completely destroyed.
It's very distressing to see our award winning beach and seafront in such a terrible state. We know how much local families love their beach huts and many will be devastated to see the damage caused. Staff are focusing on the extensive beach clean-up and recovery operation. From Monday, we hope to begin to contact beach hut tenants whose huts have been damaged, but due to the ongoing recovery needs as well as the extensive nature of the damage - there are unfortunately a lot of people to call - this could take several days.”
A list of those beach huts currently known to be damaged can be found on the Council’s website at www.bournemouth.gov.uk by clicking on the ‘Severe Weather’ feature.
Ministers have met with UK Insurance companies to discuss the flooding in southern England and areas along the River Thames.
Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service say they've been working round the clock to alleviate flood damage.