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Sunderland counting cost of storm damage

HEAVY TOLL: The trail of destruction left across Sunderlands coastline by the battering earlier this month.

HEAVY TOLL: The trail of destruction left across Sunderlands coastline by the battering earlier this month.

WORK is now underway to assess the extent of damage which has left a Wearside beach in desperate need of repair.

The coastline at Hendon was left battered during sea-surges last week.

Now, council bosses have been left counting the cost of carrying out repair work.

Hendon resident Eddy Moore captured the destruction after the worst tidal swell in 60 years.

Waves tore away a 15-metre stretch of railings at the beach and ripped up part of the promenade.

Eddy, of Canon Cockin Street, contacted Sunderland City Council and hopes the repair work will be carried out shortly.

He said: “It is nice to remind the council that there is a beach and a promenade on the south side of the river.

“I came down to the beach the day after the storm and the railings that go down the ramp to the beach have been ripped up on the north side and it is the same on the south side.

“They must consider it a safety hazard, as they have put red and white tape round it.”

Businesses along the Sunderland coast were forced to shut their doors as sea surges pounded shops and restaurants during the storms on Thursday, December 5.

Customers had to be turned away from Little Italy on Seaburn promenade when police closed off steps leading down to the eaterie.

Owner Alloa Boumedjane, who has worked there for 18 years, said: “It is the worst storm that I have seen here.

“The water was a few inches from the door.”

Sunderland City Council workers were out early the following day, repairing damage to the promenade in Seaburn, where a 10-metre stretch of railings had been ripped away by the fierce waves.

Further inland, the National Glass Centre was forced to close after the Coastguard raised concerns about river levels.

University of Sunderland accommodation at Pann’s Bank was evacuated and St Peter’s university campus, which houses Sunderland College and the Sir Tom Cowie media centre, was closed as a precaution.

Councillor James Blackburn, portfolio holder for city services, said: “With 10-metre high waves hitting the seafront and the River Wear bursting its banks in several places during the recent storm, there was damage to seawalls, paths and many sea and riverfront facilities.

“Since the storm, the council has made the affected areas safe for members of the public and is currently surveying the extent of the damage to determine what repairs are needed.”

 

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