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Police took three times average number of calls during storm

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

  • Turnchapel flooding. Picture by Sarah Lee

  • A wave crashes into the Hoe

  • Police are warning people to stay away from the waterfront

  • The water is swelling in the Barbican as high tide approaches

  • Wolesely Road by John Allen

  • Wolesely Road by John Allen

  • Freedom Fields, by Maria Weeks

  • King Street by John Warden

  • King Street by John Warden

  • Meteo-sat 9 at 6am, February 14

  • Rundlestone, near Princetown, Dartmoor, by @hughhocc

  • Plymouth is set to be hit by yet another storm

  • Flooding at Central Park this morning. Picture by Jayne Freer

  • By Cameron Beccario

  • Flooding in Ashburton, Balland Road, by Philip Vogel

  • FGW trains needing to be transported via roads after the weather has caused havoc with the railway lines. Picture Nick Copson

  • Ivybridge by @eddystonemedia

  • Ham Woods by Carrie Hopkins

  • Torpoint marina

  • Torpoint ferry

  • 2013-01-24 - Veteran Oak before

  • Turnchapel flooding. Picture by Sarah Lee.

  • 2014-02-15 Veteran Oak damage 1

  • 2014-02-15 Veteran Oak damage 2

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POLICE across Devon and Cornwall worked throughout the night on Friday dealing with a large number of weather related calls and emergency incidents.

Silver commands were opened in Cornwall and Devon to co-ordinate the emergency responses and officers continue to be deployed to assist with road closures and weather related incidents.

The force’s control room took around treble the average number of calls yesterday with more than 900 calls being made to the police 999 service during a 24 hour period.

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The force also saw a record number of police generated incident logs between 3.50pm and midnight on Friday night.

Many of the incidents police dealt with involved falling trees and debris.

The weather forecast is for an improving picture throughout the weekend but the road debris and subsequent clean up operation will mean road closures will remain in some areas.

A tree fell on a house in Hermitage Road, Plymouth causing extensive damage though there were no reported casualties.

In some areas the true picture of the damage caused overnight is still not known and police are continuing to receive calls about damage caused to properties and infrastructure such as gas leaks and damage to telephone and power lines.

In Turnchapel, high winds and high tide brought flooding.

Resident Sarah Lee said: "It's the worst tidal flooding we've seen it in nine years of living here and the other neighbours in our terrace have lived here for many more years can't remember it this high in about 40 years."

A police spokesman said: “The police experienced a very busy period during the latest storm and although there is considerable damage to individual properties, large scale flooding was avoided. The advice now is to be cautious if you have to go out and about.

"Roads remain dangerous due to surface water, fallen trees and debris and heavy rain continues to fall in some areas.

"We would also ask residents to check on the welfare of their neighbours and continue to monitor the weather forecast and flooding alerts via their local news stations, the Met office and Environment Agency.”

This morning, Plymouth police advised people not to visit the city foreshore this morning.

High tide was expected at around 6am but the potential hazard continued throughout the morning as wind and rain batter the city again.

In addition to concern about people going too close to sea and being washed away by freak waves, police were also worried that rocks and other rubble may be thrown onto adjacent roads by strong waves.

A police spokesperson said: “The shoreline has taken a battering over the past week and there is a lot of debris in the water.

"We are aware that some people may want to watch the rough seas, but they should not underestimate the danger caused by a combination of strong winds and large waves.

“ We have a clear message, keep away from the sea and that includes roads and paths close to the shore.

"Not only do you put your own life at risk, but also the lives of emergency service personnel who may have to be called out to help you.”

Hoe Road, between the junctions with Madeira Road and Pier Street, has been closed and will remain shut until assessed safe to open.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Thick cloud is predicted for Monday with brisk rather than strong winds.

“It is set to be wet and miserable on Monday, with brighter spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Hopefully, this weather will be the last on the conveyor belt of the storms.”

An historic chestnut tree fell during last night's storm leaving residents "shaken".

The tree fell last night at around 10pm next to Hyde Park School blocking Hermitage Road.

Sorcha Holloway said that it was a "miracle nobody was hurt".

She added: "What a lucky escape. We are all shaking like leaves, could have been so much worse."


6am: High tide is expected in Plymouth. Police are urging people to stay away from the waterfront.

11am: Albany Street is closed in both directions due to a police incident around Granby Way.

11.15am: The A30 Westbound, just past A38 turn off, a car has turned over. The road is blocked and police are in attendance.

12.30pm: Reports of gridlocked traffic and tailbacks at Tesco in Roborough.

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 16 2014, 10:10AM

    @LadyoftheMano. Houses immediately behind where these flats are to be built, don't have a sea view anyway, apart from a few small windows at the side of the house. On the other side of Pier Street, a couple of the houses have a limited view of the Sound and The Hoe from the first and second floor windows at the front but hardly what I would call a sea view. The flats will be too far away to cause a "right to light" issue. If what you're saying is correct and that piece of land gets pounded by the sea, then perhaps all pubs and restaurants along the foreshore should be closed down, for safety reasons. That's what you're saying. Until building permission was granted, local residents couldn't have cared less what that piece of waste land looked like, or what it was used for. A few years ago, a meagre attempt was made by residents to tidy it up. Too little. too late, I'm afraid.

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  • LadyoftheMano  |  February 15 2014, 2:51PM

    To The Mercenary - regarding the monstrosity they are planning to build in the conservation area at Grand Parade. I have seen the plans, and from the road-side the building looks like a grey prison block. It is going to be far too tall (5 storeys above the existing sea wall) and will change all the light for the attractive Victorian and Georgian properties opposite. A lot of the businesses will lose revenue as they market their guest houses as having sea views. We will all lose our views completely which will devalue the properties. Anything built there should be in keeping with the gorgeous Georgian architecture that already exists. The reclaimed land in question gets pounded by very high and damaging waves every winter, and would be better used as an attractive leisure area as it looks out directly on to Drakes Island and Mt Edgcumbe. As is so often the case the building of ugly modern developments ruins the whole character of existing historic areas.

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 15 2014, 12:14PM

    See all the residents of West Hoe have recieved the "Round Robin" to give my views the "Thumbs Down". Won't change anything. The flats WILL be built. x x

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  • hstmtu4000  |  February 15 2014, 11:57AM

    BBC Radio Devon reports this morning that Network rail had told them that following a preliminary inspection of the sea wall this morning that a further section of the sea wall has been "badly damaged" around the curve near Dawlish Warren (red rock café area I suppose), and that a helicopter was taking off from Exeter airport to do a full aerial assessment of the entire sea wall. Not suprisingly no trains either this morning between Penzance and Plymouth. Penzance station area yesterday http://tinyurl.com/pcu6apw

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 15 2014, 11:51AM

    @ladyofthemano. A little over dramatic don't you think? For Heaven's sake, it's a spell of extremely bad weather, hardly life threatening. A decent block of flats there will only enhance the appearance of West Hoe. It's beginning to look run down with some of the properties along the front and on Pier Street and other adjoining streets in need of a facelift. Look on the bright side. A block of flats will hide all that from the tourist. No way will the Council change it's mind, nor should they.

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  • Seabadger  |  February 15 2014, 6:38AM

    WHAT? Even the Mount Batten ferry was cancelled what ever next???

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  • Racing_Badger  |  February 14 2014, 10:13PM

    7.50pm: Tavistock Road is now fully open with heavy but moving traffic around Woolwell and Roborough. NO IT'S NOT! I just came through there at 21:30. One side of the road is still blocked by the fallen tree and police are operating a contraflow to get traffic through. Traffic was backed up all the way past Derriford roundabout and MacDonalds. And I suspect the tree came down well before 19:30 judging by the chaos on Tavistock Rd around 18:00

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  • hstmtu4000  |  February 14 2014, 10:04PM

    The damaged Dawlish sea wall taking another pounding tonight. This video by one of the residents one of the nearby houses taken just before dusk today before they were evacuated for the night for their own safety. Note the already breached sea wall with its temporary sea container defence taking a pounding again. https://http://tinyurl.com/pnudnj7

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  • plympaul  |  February 14 2014, 9:41PM

    i think this storm has been worse then the other storm we had!!!!! very bad tonight in plymstock....be safe everyone

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  • fwandrew  |  February 14 2014, 9:27PM

    Stormy Seas Plymouth Hoe 14th February 2014 http://tinyurl.com/qys4gdk

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