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Community come together to try to salvage beach huts damaged by waves

Beach huts were picked up and dropped by the waves Photo: ITV Westcountry

Just as they thought the worst of the weather had passed, the residents of Seaton in East Devon had a shock last night. Waves forty feet high smashed over the beach destroying many of the timber beach huts lining the seafront.

Today their owners came to salvage what was left. That's if they could find their hut at all.

Walls of the huts were ripped open Credit: ITV Westcountry

Their walls ripped open, their doors smashed in. The homes from home by the sea were vandalised by mother nature.

Owners came today to salvage beach chairs and wind breaks and anything that wasn't broken or stolen by the waves.

Waves of forty feet high smashed most of the huts Credit: ITV Westcountry

The town's residents say they haven't seen anything like it for years. The sea was much calmer today, but last night the 40 foot high waves lifted the beach on to the promenade and the huts were in the way.

Council workers worked quickly to clear the smashed huts. There are around fifty huts along the seafront. At least half appeared damaged or destroyed.

Some were untouched but at least half were damaged Credit: ITV Westcountry

The community that spends its summers sitting on this seafront pulled together to make the best of a bad situation.

But worse could be to come and everyone is now fearing a bigger storm rumoured to be approaching on Sunday.