Beaches hit by 2013 storms still af­fected

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

BEACHES across Corn­wall and Devon have still not re­cov­ered from the win­ter storms five years ago, a study says.

The 2013-14 win­ter storms caused de­struc­tion across the coun­try in­clud­ing wash­ing away the sea wall in Dawlish, Devon, and leav­ing the rail­way to Corn­wall sus­pended in mid-air. Ex­perts study­ing the ef­fects of the storms across the north coast of Corn­wall and Devon found many beaches are still re­cov­er­ing. The storms de­stroyed much of the north­ern coast­line, leav­ing eroded dunes and beaches stripped of sand. They also left much of the Som­er­set Lev­els un­der­wa­ter.

Large amounts of the eroded sed­i­ment re­mained stored off­shore be­low low tide level. And it will take sev­eral calm win­ters be­fore the coast­line fully re­cov­ers, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the eroded dunes.

By con­trast, beaches along the south coast of the coun­ties have since been re­plen­ished.

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