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Storms wreak more havoc

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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STORMS caused havoc in Fowey over the weekend leaving homes and businesses flooded and causing substantial damage to the town's harbour.

Shops and restaurants were left mopping up once again after water came gushing down Fore Street.

Wildlife photographer and cameraman Ian McCarthy watched as a huge swell washed over the quay.

"I have only lived in Fowey for four years but there are people who have lived here all their lives who have said it is the worst they have ever seen," he added.

"It looked like a swell going along the high street, like waves. That caused damage to a lot of businesses."

Harbour master Captain Paul Thomas said the strong winds and rough seas had caused "extensive damage" to the quay in Fowey and Polruan.

"It's the worst I have ever seen it," he said. "The quay in Polruan has been damaged and some of the tarmac has lifted."

The Valentine's Day storm also caused damage to the Harbour Office's workshops and equipment on the Polruan side of the river.

"Every single door of our buildings was smashed," Mr Thomas explained.

"All of our electrical equipment has been submerged with water, the ship's cradle we use to bring ships up and down has been damaged, and the Nissan hut, which has been there since 1960s, has been completely destroyed."

Staff are now faced with a race against the time to make the necessary repairs before the start of the holiday season.

"Clearly we are up against the clock," Mr Thomas said. "We need to get everything ready for when our visitors come in Easter.

"With the recent weather we are already behind schedule so we will have to get outside contractors in to get the port ready.

"And we have to try to keep costs down because we don't want to have to put them on to the customers."

During the storm Punches Cross, which usually sits at the entrance of the harbour was ripped out and floated down the river.

Mr Thomas said it is not uncommon for the white cross to become uprooted during stormy weather and it had been replaced several times before.

He said: "We will make a new one. The carpenter said he has made about eight in the time he has been here."

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