WEST QUAY - 1996

Floods by the lifeboat hut

By Laurie Stonehouse

Was it always flooding along the west quay before 2001?  I'm sure this must have happened on only a few occasions throughout the year.  Now that the road has been raised along the West quay, only freak weather conditions coupled with a very high spring tide may cause the the river to spill over.

Photo:Delivery van going through

Delivery van going through

Vicky Delaney

Photo:The van made it through - did you notice the diver walking next to the scuba club!

The van made it through - did you notice the diver walking next to the scuba club!

Vicky Delaney

Photo:Meeching,is it high tide yet?

Meeching,is it high tide yet?

Vicky Delaney

Photo:It's high tide now.

It's high tide now.

Vicky Delaney

Photo:How do you travel on water

How do you travel on water

Vicky Delaney

Photo:Has the old lifeboat hut been tied down.

Has the old lifeboat hut been tied down.

Vicky Delaney

Photo:Help we're marooned

Help we're marooned

Vicky Delaney

Photo:That car is going to splash us

That car is going to splash us

Vicky Delaney

Photo:I need my wellingtons

I need my wellingtons

Vicky Delaney

Photo:Who left all this water on the west quay

Who left all this water on the west quay

Vicky Delaney

Photo:Building a new jetty

Building a new jetty

Vicky Delaney

This page was added by Laurie Stonehouse on 05/09/2008.
Comments about this page

It will be interesting to see what happens the next time there is a Gale-force onshore wind, coupled with an abnormal amount of water coming down river from heavy continuous rain and a high spring tide. Will all the lower part of the buildings around the Cape disappear under water I wonder? I seem to recall that not so many years ago they had to make an opening in the river bank just below Southease Bridge in order to lower the river level in just such a situation. In the process the riverside fields between Southease Bridge and the North Quay were flooded to quite a depth with the consequential salination of the ground, the killing of the crops in the fields and the inability to plant for several years. I believe this also cost the Water Company a considerable amount of money to compensate the field owners.

By Richard
On 06/09/2008

This used to happen about twice a year when the spring tide combined with an onshore gale and heavy rain run-off caused the river to 'back up'. All the stuff left on the floor in the old lifeboathouse would float and jam under the grate for the doors on the slipway, maroon storage box, maroon mortar box, cans of paint, buckets of grease. Guess whose job it generally was to clear it up and hose down the floor afterwards with fresh water to get rid of the salt and seaweed. 'Happy Days.???'  Maybe.

By Rob Patten
On 09/09/2008

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