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JCBs called in to remove Hove's stormy beach extension
11:41am Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
Buy this photo JCBs called in to remove Hove's stormy beach extension
Hove's new storm-driven beach extension looks set to stay for the duration of the bad weather.
Seafront workers have been tryig to clear the promenade cycle lanes of pebbles washed up from the beach over the weekend.
But clearing the tonnes of shingle, which has covered seafront benches, will only be possible once all the storms have passed.
A JCB will remove the majority of the mess, with workers sweeping the rest, in an operation not unfamiliar to council staff.
The Met Office has forecast heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, for today.
These will be com with gusts of up to 45mph as the coast takes another battering.
But the rest of the week is likely to be drier with the possibility of some sunshine on Thursday and Friday.
The weather continued to take its toll on the county with more flooding and damage to properties yesterday.
Eric Arnell had a lucky escape when part of his roof collapsed at his bungalow in Selsley near Chichester in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The 54-year-old managed to sleep through the incident but his neighbour described it sounding like a plane landing.
Mr Arnell said: “I was sleeping and the next thing I know my neighbour is tapping on my window and told me my roof had been blown off.
“It was lucky it happened at night when no-one was around. It destroyed my neighbours shed.”
Once again Worthing Pier was closed due to the high winds causing safety fears, as it has been regularly in the past week.
Shoreham Coastguard warned people not to stray near the seafront in these dangerous conditions after spotting two women near the water’s edge.
And Gatwick Airport stocked up on sandbags and pumping equipment as further rain is anticipated – but bosses do not believe it will affect flights.
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